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Anthony Hall / Auburn Athletics

EQUESTRIAN

It went to the tie-breaker, but the Tigers knocked off #1 Texas A&M this weekend on the Plains. That should put the Tigers back into the #1 spot.

SOFTBALL

The Fall Schedule kicked off this weekend with two double-headers, and wow the bats were hot. Granted, this is against JUCO competition, but the Tigers were still blasting the ball. One of the highlights was newcomer Tannon Snow getting a couple of home runs by herself. The Saturday recap is here while the Sunday recap is here.

FOOTBALL

If you haven't heard by now, the Auburn Family received tragic news Saturday morning with the announcement that the Tigers' all-time sack leader Quentin Groves passed away at age 32. Q was one of the best to put on the uniform for Auburn and he'll be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Going back to Friday and some more light-hearted things, we continued the mid-season review with the mid-season MVPs and surprises. I also collected the bye-week articles in one handy story stream, which you can find here.

With the Tigers sitting at 4-2 and projected to finish 8-4 or better, should we still think of Gus Malzahn as on the hot seat? I don't think so. I think there are plenty who have made up their mind and are just looking for reasons that they can point to and say "that's why he needs to be gone!" I get that there are still answers to be had, but the common denominator I've seen is throwing out the LSU performance entirely by the offense. Sure, they didn't score touchdowns, but not many people have against LSU, this year.

Jonny Dent didn't have an Auburn game to evaluate this week, so he went back in time to one of the best offenses in Auburn history and examined the 2004 Tigers.

With it being the bye week, there wasn't anything I could do for my review of the Auburn game, so I decided to look around the SEC, instead. What did I see? LOL DWAGS.

Kerryon Johnson returned to the practice field and Rhett Lashlee says he's optimistic he'll be ready to go this Saturday.To me, that means he's likely not going to play, but that's because I'm a cynic. If he's not 100%, I don't think he should play. I think Kamryn Pettway's physicality will be enough to beat Arkansas, and we need Kerryon healthy.

He's not the only offensive player that has been dealing with injuries. Auburn is hoping to have all of its injured offensive players back this week.

In the polls, the Tigers are up to #21 in both of them, which means this Saturday's game against Arkansas will be a Top 25 bout. The loser likely falls out, but they're both in there right now!

So, there seems to be some question about whether Jason Smith will stay a wide receiver or get some work at QB. That's... strange. I'm guessing this is an emergency "what if both White and JFIII get hurt?" type thing, but I don't know.

In other player transitions, Stanton Truitt is doing well in his move to running back. I love the versatility this gives him and Auburn.