We made it, everyone.
Of course, it wouldn’t be right to have approached game week with as few bumps as we got on the football field, and with the troubling allegations from the softball program, it’s tough to feel super excited about the the upcoming week.
After the original report from ESPN, Auburn issued a lengthier statement regarding the story.
Auburn University issues new statement regarding ESPN softball report https://t.co/NSL0AIhcPi— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 27, 2017
There’s obviously more to the story, but we’ll have to see how the investigation plays out.
As for the action from the football field, there was a ton of material from around the web regarding Auburn over the weekend. Let’s run it down...
First up, game prep has started for Georgia Southern and their triple option offense — an offense that beat Florida a few years ago, and nearly upset Georgia as well. It’s not the easiest opening opponent to deal with.
Gus Malzahn: Georgia Southern triple option will "present challenges" for Auburnhttps://t.co/D608SY78cD— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) August 25, 2017
As for how Auburn can handle the Eagles, big plays seem to be the bugaboo for GSU, and one guy on the Tiger offense is perfectly capable of hitting a few of those.
WR Nate Craig-Myers picking up right where he left off for Auburn football #WarEagle https://t.co/WQVCZ14bO5 pic.twitter.com/pXGybe57os— SEC Country Auburn (@SECCountryAU) August 25, 2017
As far as defending against the triple option goes, learn some more about the defensive line and the secondary for Auburn, with Byron Cowart’s growth and move inside, and a couple of young guns helping out in the back end.
Where does former No. 1 recruit Byron Cowart fit on Auburn’s defensive line? https://t.co/G8iITUX4yC pic.twitter.com/dC4m7WnZTz— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 26, 2017
In today's OA News, Traivon Leonard and Jordyn Peters are in a position to help Auburn's secondary as freshmen https://t.co/N1NVCmFlMQ— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 26, 2017
And the only real glimpses we’ve seen from Auburn’s offense came in the A-Day game, and it looked pretty good. I’d be satisfied if we saw a ton of that this year, but how about the particulars of what Chip Lindsey wants to do?
So what exactly will Auburn's offense look like under first-year coordinator Chip Lindsey? https://t.co/j67FPOafj7 pic.twitter.com/guhl90Sxja— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) August 27, 2017
.@MGMAdvertiser FEATURE (w/VIDEO): Auburn expecting big results in 2017 from big-arm QB Jarrett Stidham - https://t.co/jZSPJYxiZ2 pic.twitter.com/jGh70ygJ2a— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) August 27, 2017
Finally, look who’s picking up just where he left off in some of his earliest NFL action...
Oh it's me Carl Lawson @johnowning pic.twitter.com/C1CDrYW2MX— Codiki (@codiki) August 27, 2017
You like that, Kirk Cousins.