I am currently working in Indianapolis. I am not sure if it is the lack of sweet tea or the complete disregard for how to make a proper cobbler that bothers me the most while working in the Midwest, but it definitely makes me cherish football in the South even more than usual. A Clemson colleague asked me this week what I am most excited for, what I can't wait for on Saturday. I chewed on it for a while and even polled some of the other writers here at College and Mag.
Without a doubt, the thing I am most looking forward to this Saturday is the beginning of a breakout year for Chris Davis. I have followed that kid since he was a junior at Woodlawn. I say this all the time and will say it again -- watch the film from 2010 when he was a true freshman. He was injured during the season last year so he wasn't able to play to his potential, but we caught glimpses of his genius in the bowl game against Virginia. As we return to the Dome, I am positively beaming because I know on Saturday evening, EVERYONE will know who Chris Davis is, especially Clemson.
2010 went a very long way for me and I appreciate everything that Gus Malzahn and Ted Roof did for Auburn. That being said, I am okay with change and am excited to see a mean, beast-y defense annihilate inexperienced o-lines, halt air raids and mow over running backs. It is time to put the WAR back in War Eagle. It is also time to make full use of the tight ends and to celebrate the homecoming of Jay Prosch.
Last but certainly not least, I cannot wait to spend an entire day tailgating with some of my favorite people on the planet. I have checked my OCD list three times and am ready to put on a tailgate that will leave everyone in amazement. It is time. WAR EAGLE, FLY DOWN THE FIELD. EVER TO CONQUER, NEVER TO YIELD.
I can't wait to see our defense hit the field. I'm most excited to see this new system finally come together. I can't wait for some big hits, the hits that make you cringe when you see them. Most of all, I'm ready for our defense to get back the respect it once had. It's been far too long since we have had a feared defense, and I hope it starts Saturday.
I can't wait to see Prosch lay someone out.
Hands down, what I'm MOST looking forward to on Saturday is seeing all my friends. MY Auburn family is second to none. It goes way beyond tailgating. Some of my friends have moved away or have just been caught up with work so it's hard to see everyone at the same time, all the time. Football brings us all together, and the people that are part of our tailgating crew are some of the best people I could have ever met.
I'm looking forward to seeing my friends and family, especially the friends I consider as family. There is something special about fall in the South that bonds a group of friends together more closely.
I want to see the new systems. Offense and defense. I'm ready to get back to downhill running and a swarming defense. I want to see Prosch bulldoze someone and Lutz catch passes like he was born to do. I want to see the DL make the opposing QB wet himself and the DBs play the ball in the air.
I can't wait to see the sea of orange and blue. Shakers moving in unison and hear the "Waaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrr Eagle. Hey!" at kickoff leading to that first big hit and the sound of pads popping that tells me it is finally fall. Finally, it's football season.
I am looking forward to hearing the AUMB strike up "War Eagle," "Glory," and "Tiger Rag." And I can't wait to sing along with my very best friends in the world as we soak up the atmosphere of the Georgia Dome and scream for our Tigers.
I am looking forward to a scary, nasty, sick defense. It may not be there yet, but I can promise you, it's coming.
And I am looking forward to seeing the team run down to us at the beginning of the fourth quarter. The audio guys won't play "All the Above" for us at the Dome, but we know the words, and the players do, too.
I'd be lying if I didn't say how excited I am to see the Auburn University Marching Band. Now that I am no longer an inhabitant of the student section, I don't have to deal with the fear of being kicked out of games when I high five the band members. As awesome as the tailgating will be leading up to the game, I know it won't really be football season until I see and hear the band strike up for the first time.
As a former Falcons season ticket holder, I'm excited to see how VanGorder's defensive style translates back to the college game. I have vivid memories of the Falcons D playing with calculated reckless abandonment on Sundays and I'm excited to see that style from our Tigers. I'm also looking forward to any and all emotional sideline outbursts that we see from the ‘stache this season.
I simply can't wait to hear "War Eagle." It doesn't matter if it is in the song or in one of the thousands of greetings that will occur in and around our tailgate. Now that I reside 1,000+ miles from Auburn, I will truly be grateful every time I have the opportunity to see the Tigers play in person, and with that comes me being grateful for all of our rights and rituals as fans. War Eagle!