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Coffee and Magnolia: October 13th

Not exactly returning on a high note here...

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So Auburn is no longer undefeated after the debacle in Davis Wade Stadium on Saturday. But just like after last year's trip to Baton Rouge, it's time to regroup and get ready for a difficult rest of the season.

Here's a pair of what are usually my favorite videos each week, the coordinators' (Rhett here and Ellis there) weekly Sunday chats with reporters.

The Tigers slipped a bit in this week's rankings to No. 6 in the AP poll and eighth in the coaches' poll.

Auburn is obviously not out of the playoff race just yet, but doesn't have much room for another slip-up. And as Cameron Artis-Payne said, even though it's still unbelievable to me, "it was 2 versus 3, so it's not like we lost to a lackluster team."

At, Joel Erickson discusses a few of the main storylines from Auburn's loss, including three big things that need corrections soon: the offensive line's pass blocking (Auburn's sacks allowed total doubled this week), the D-line's edge rush and a second kick returner to pair with Corey Grant.

On the topic of pass protection, apparently Nick Marshall faced more hurries (13) than any Auburn QB in a long time. The 2007 Miss State game saw 14 hurries on the pair of Brandon Cox and Kodi Burns.

Erickson also posted his stats roundup for the week with a few interesting numbers. Auburn's clear struggles in the passing game (Marshall was 17-for-35 with two picks), as well as their inability to stay out of their own way (101 pass yards wiped out by flags), dropped the Tigers in several air-related categories, though the rushing and overall offensive numbers were pretty much average for 2014's team. Auburn was also just 6-of-15 on third downs (their worst yet this year) and notably woeful in the Bulldogs' red zone.

A fun development in the running game, at least early on, was the inclusion of Roc Thomas in a flurry of first quarter carries. He totaled 42 yards, including 36 on those first three touches. CAP feels the freshman will be getting more carries as the season goes on.

Alex Byington's football notebook has three points where he touches on tackle Braden Smith's excursions as a tight end, Justin Garrett's switch back to weak side linebacker and Carl Lawson's still-unknown return date.

The O-A News also ran this notebook catching up on other sports around campus like golf, volleyball and women's tennis.

Also, I hope you got to watch some of Cam's performance yesterday as he flashed his arm and leg all afternoon in an exciting 37-37 tie.