Gavin Rankins


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Auburn Tigers wide receiver Kobe Hudson (5) runs through a tackle during the first half of the NCAA Citrus Bowl football game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (Orlando Sentinel Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Running out of Steam

Auburn has now officially closed out the Gus Malzahn era finishing this COVID-altered year with a 6-5 record, following a 35-19 loss to Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl.  The Tigers will now look ahead to next year and the beginning of the Bryan Harsin era on the plains.


Oct 3, 2020; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Bo Nix (10) giving ball to Tank Bigsby (4) during the game between Auburn and Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Auburn Meets Northwestern in Citrus Bowl

Auburn (6-4) squares off with Northwestern (6-2) to ring in the new year of 2021 on January 1st at noon central time.  The Tigers will be transitioning from the Gus Malzahn era to the Bryan Harsin era, although current defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will act as the interim head coach for the Tigers in the Citrus Bowl.  Auburn is making their record-tying sixth appearance in this particular bowl game.   


Oct 3, 2020; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) avoiding tackle during the game between Auburn and Mississippi State at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Rolling With the Tank

For the first three quarters, Auburn and Mississippi State struggled in a defensive stalemate.  When the offense finally arrived to Starkville in the fourth quarter, it was the Tigers' offense which shined.  Auburn scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away from the Bulldogs and end this COVID altered regular season on a high note with a 24-10 road triumph. 


Oct 3, 2020; Tuscaloosa AL, USA; Bo Nix (10) flees the pocket during the game between Auburn and Alabama at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

The Road Bo

During Bo Nix's nearly two seasons as the Auburn starting quarterback, he has undeniably been a different quarterback at home vs on the road.  As the Tigers' quarterback, Nix has only lost two home games.  That number jumps to six losses on the road or at a neutral site. 


Auburn's Seth Williams catches a touchdown late in the
 second half.
Texas A&M at Auburn football on Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 in Auburn, Ala.
Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Auburn vs Texas A&M Game Preview

Auburn faces off with a top five opponent for the second straight week when they welcome the fifth ranked Texas A&M Aggies to Jordan-Hare Stadium for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday, December 4.  The Aggies (6-1) enter with playoff aspirations, a five game winning streak, and a chance to beat the Tigers for the first time since 2016.  


11/21/20 MFB vs Kentucky
Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses (32)
Photo by Crimson Tide Photo

Role Reversal

Gone are the days of low-scoring slugfests, with a stout defense, game-managing quarterback, and a hard-running tailback.  Now, Alabama is better known for their aerial attack, led this year by Mac Jones and Devonta Smith, and ability to score points in bunches. 


Nov 21, 2020; Auburn AL, USA; Coach Gus Malzahn reacts with the team after the game between Auburn and Tennesee at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Knocking off the Rust

In the first quarter, Auburn seemed like a team who had not played in three weeks.  However, the Tigers eventually asserted their dominance over Tennessee to pick up a 30-17 victory in their return to action. 


Oct 21, 2020; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn volleyball players react during the game between Auburn and Florida at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

Auburn Hosts UT in Volleyball Finale

Auburn's volleyball team will close out the fall portion of their schedule in a two match set against the Tennessee Volunteers.  Wednesday's game is slated for a 7 p.m. first serve, while Thursday's game will start at 5 p.m. from Auburn Arena.   


Oct 3, 2020; Auburn AL, USA; Anthony Schwartz (1) gets a catch for a touchdown during the game between Auburn and LSU at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood/AU Athletics

No Tricks, All Treats for Auburn

By the time the blue moon came peeking over the horizon on this Halloween evening, Auburn had thoroughly dismantled the defending national champions—the LSU Tigers.  The defense looked like the dominating defense Auburn fans have come to expect under Kevin Steele, and Bo Nix totaled four touchdowns, while throwing for 300 yards and rushing for another 81.