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Coffee and Magnolia: 7 November 2014

Your daily dose of Auburn

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AUBURN FOOTBALL

In case you missed it, the Tigers remained #3 in the College Football Playoff Top 25. I wrote some things about possibilities Auburn could miss out on the playoffs even while we're sitting at #3 in there. Remember, the committee has said they don't feel them selves to be beholden to the previous weeks' rankings. This isn't like the old poll system where if you don't lose, you don't drop.

The mothership has an article on a similar subject pondering whether Georgia's loss to Florida means the SEC won't be getting two teams into the playoff.

Oh, and Peggy wants to remind you about your gameday attire.

It was mentioned during Tiger Talk on Monday and again yesterday during Gus Malzahn's weekly press conference, but Roc Thomas is expected to play against Texas A&M. He likely could have returned to the game against Ole Miss, but with the way Cameron Artis-Payne was running it's easy to see why he didn't.

In yet another post-season award semi-finalist announcement, Nick Marshall is a semi-finalist for the Davey O'Brien award given to the nation's top quarterback. Alabama's Blake Sims is also on the list.

It was brought up late in pre-season camp as a possibility, and has become a reality late in the season: Braden Smith has become a big part of Auburn's short-yardage plays. Some may think it's a waste not to redshirt a young man of his talent when he's not seeing significant snaps, but I've made my opinion known before on why I think playing him like this is the right move.

Jermaine Whitehead playing only on special teams is an extension of his punishment according to Gus Malzahn. Whitehead is playing on the scout team defense. Someone pointed it out on the AuburnUndercover message board yesterday, but sit back and think of what Nick Marshall is facing every day in practice from the scout team safeties... Jermaine Whitehead and Tray Matthews. That's a pretty good test, right there.

AL.com's film study details Auburn's game plan changing in the second half of the Ole Miss game. That's to be expected when you think back to what Gus said just this week about scripting plays in the 1st half and adjusting at half time.

AUBURN BASKETBALL

Bruce Pearl underwent back surgery yesterday in Pensacola, Florida. He is still expected to be on the court coaching the Tigers against West Alabama in Friday night's exhibition match.

OTHER AUBURN SPORTS

The soccer team faces #20 Kentucky this afternoon in their opening match of the SEC Tournament. You can watch it on the SEC Network!

Sophomore Joe Patching was named the SEC's Male Swimmer of the Week.