The Tigers picked up the victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 1-0 Saturday evening over Southeast Louisiana. With that, they move on to face Texas Tech in Tallahassee this Friday. The Tigers are out for revenge after the Red Raiders knocked them out of the playoffs last season.
So even with as bad as Saturday was in football, it can't take away how awesome Friday night was for basketball. The Tigers started the season off right with a big win at home against UAB. The newcomers really made their presence known. Especially Horace Spencer, who sealed the victory with the game-winning block of a UAB shot. I called him Horace Spencer the Rim Defenser on Twitter and in the recap, and I'm sticking with that (even though it's annoying to type out every time).
Bruce Pearl had a great video during the UGA game imploring people to do everything they can to get to Auburn Arena for the 2pm game against Colorado or to set up a way to get them to someone who can through things like Auburn's ticket exchange. The game shows as sold out on the school site. I know I'm still going to find a way to be there.
The offense was stagnant at best. The defense played as well as it's played against an SEC opponent since 2011. This game was just like the season as a whole. Can it go wrong? Then it did. The Tigers fell 20-13 in a game that saw UGA put together only two real drives (one ended in a TD, the other in a 4th down stop on the 2).
Already thin at Center thanks to the Xavier Dampeer injury in the Duke Williams incident, the Tigers lost Austin Golson early in the 2nd half against UGA. We don't know the extent of his injuries just yet. Davonte Danzey did an admirable job filling in, though.
What did Will Muschamp have to say about the loss to Georgia? See how he feels about the progress his defense has made this season. UGA's offense hasn't been anything spectacular in a while, but Muschamp's defense did a great job in mostly shutting it down completely.
Tray Matthews didn't get a chance to play in the game due to his injury, but sophomore Stephen Roberts really stepped up and made some big plays. Roberts played hard and was in on a number of tackles.
Auburn opens as a big favorite over Idaho, as well they should. The Vandals recently dismissed one of their best players (sound familiar?), and honestly are just not a good team in the Sun Belt. A good many FCS teams would beat them. Jacksonville State would beat them handily.