It was a heavyweight matchup in Auburn Arena. Two Tigers doing fierce battle in The Jungle. The atmosphere was electric. The effort and action from both teams was superb. In the end, it was the orange-and-blue striped Tigers who got in the last blow.
Auburn dominated Iowa State for the first 37 minutes of Saturday's matchup in the SEC/Big 12 challenge. However, Iowa State made the home fans nervous with their last 3 minute push, but ultimately fell short against the Tigers 80-76.
Auburn got off to a slow start against the rival Bulldogs. Fittingly, it was Anfernee McLemore coming off the bench who provided a key spark in Auburn Arena with his dunk early in the first half. Auburn's bench played arguably their best game of the season while scoring 34 points.
Auburn fell in straight sets to South Carolina on senior day. The Gamecocks took the sets by a score of 25-17, 25-20, and 25-19.
In a game not decided until the final seconds, Auburn picked up a 4 point win over St. Joseph's 66-62. Freshmen Lauren Hansen and Annie Hughes both came up with key plays for the Tigers and senior Unique Thompson iced the game with two free throws with 7 seconds to play.
It is probably not the style of basketball that Auburn fans have been accustomed to seeing from the Tigers, but the team found a way to pick up the win. A squad that has been known for their defensive prowess in years past beat Wofford 84-82 last night to begin the 2019-2020 campaign.
South Carolina's double OT shocker of an upset against the Bulldogs has upset the apple cart in the East. It seems to be shaping up as a two team race between longtime rivals Florida and Georgia, with Missouri getting to play the role of spoiler.
Entering the final weekend of college football in September, we are starting to see separation in team's quests for playoff berths. While it is still early to make steadfast predictions, we have a sense of which teams are true contenders versus absolute pretenders.
In the first three games of this season, Davidson has a team leading four and a half tackles for loss, which matches his total from all of last season. Among these tackles for loss is Davidson's two and a half sacks, a number which also leads the Tigers defense.