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Oxford, MS, USA; Defensive tackle during Auburn vs Ole Miss
Auburn cannot contain Ole Miss, loses in Oxford 48-34

Auburn(3-4, 1-3 SEC) had no answers for the No. 9 Ole Miss(7-0, 3-0 SEC) rushing attack during Saturday's 48-34 loss to the Rebels. This is only Auburn’s fourth loss ever at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and its second loss to the Rebels since 2009. 

Oxford, MS, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) carry during Auburn vs Ole Miss
Grading Auburn after its fourth loss ever in Oxford

The grades for Auburn following the Tigers’ 47th meeting with Ole Miss, a 48-34 defeat in Oxford.

Auburn, AL, USA; Coach Bryan Harsin reacts with Lane Kiffin after the game between Auburn and Ole Miss at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn faces balanced Ole Miss in Oxford

The No. 9 Rebels bring a balanced attack of 248.3 yards per game through the air and 241.7 yards per game on the ground.

Austin Troxell (68), Eku Leota (55), Colby Wooden (25) Auburn football practice Tue. Aug. 16, 2022 in Auburn, Ala.
Auburn lands commitment from four-star offensive lineman Clay Wedin

Wedin is Auburn’s third 2023 commit along the offensive line and only its second four-star offensive line commit since 2017.

Feb 12, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Allen Flanigan (22) dunks the ball during the game between Auburn and Texas A&M at Auburn Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jacob Taylor/AU Athletics
Allen Flanigan rejoins team during Auburn's Pro Day

Allen Flanigan has returned to the men’s basketball team, Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl announced on Wednesday. Pearl announced in late September that Flanigan was out indefinitely for “family, personal reasons.”

Auburn, Al, USA; T.J. Finley (1) at the Tiger Walk before the game between Auburn and Penn State at Jordan Hare Stadium .
Auburn's T.J. Finley still 'day-to-day' ahead of Ole Miss trip

Auburn fans could see T.J. Finley back on the field for the first time since Penn State when the Tigers exit the tunnel at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. 

Sep 17, 2022; Auburn, Al, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) breaks tackle during the game between Auburn and Penn State at Jordan Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn committed to running game despite offensive line issues

Auburn’s woes in the running game continued on Saturday, but Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin is committed to that part of the offense, as well as staying balanced. 

Athens, GA, USA; John Samuel Shenker (25) runs the ball during the game between Auburn and Georgia at Sanford Stadium.
Auburn suffers worst loss vs. Georgia since 2012

Penalties, turnovers and a lifeless offense spelled disaster for Auburn(3-3, 1-2 SEC) once again, this time in the 127th playing of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, as the Tigers were dominated by Georgia(6-0, 3-0 SEC) to the tune of 42-10. 

Athens, GA, USA; Colby Wooden (25) tackles Georgia offense during the game between Auburn and Georgia at Sanford Stadium.
Grading Auburn's positions following a 42-10 defeat in Athens

The grades for Auburn following a 42-10 loss in the 127th edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) during the Bulldogs’ game with Auburn in Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021.
Auburn defense prepared for Stetson Bennett IV

The Auburn offense has its own challenges come Saturday, but the defense will have to deal with one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the SEC, Stetson Bennett IV.

Oscar Chapman (91) kick during Auburn vs Louisiana State University
Oscar Chapman could be the weapon Auburn needs in Athens

At a school like Auburn, where placekickers like Wes Byrum and Daniel Carlson have been as popular as the starting quarterbacks, Australian punter Oscar Chapman has flown under the radar, and he prefers it that way.

24 09, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Eku Leota (55) during Auburn vs Missouri Mandatory Credit: Todd Van Emst
Auburn edge Eku Leota 'likely out' for season with pectoral injury

The Auburn defense has been dealt a serious blow following the LSU game, as Bryan Harsin confirmed that Eku Leota suffered a pectoral injury and will have surgery on Tuesday. 

Auburn, Al, USA; Robby Ashford (9) throws a pass during the game between Auburn and LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium
Grading Auburn after narrow 21-17 loss to LSU

The grades for Auburn after another blown lead in SEC play.

Coach Bryan Harsin hugs Robby Ashford and wife Kes Harsin after the game on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 in Auburn.
Turnovers and another scoreless second half doom Auburn in 57th Tiger Bowl

Second halves have defined the Bryan Harsin Era at Auburn, and not in the way they should. For the second game in a row, the Tigers(3-2) failed to score any points in the second half, and the fourth time in their last five Power Five games. 

Auburn, AL, USA; Tank Bigsby (4) between Auburn and Missouri at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn offense faces its toughest test yet

Of the many questions surrounding Auburn football at the moment, there is no doubt that Bryan Harsin and his staff want to run the football. Harsin has committed to that on a number of occasions, emphasizing just how important it is for the team to run the ball. The issue is, no one really knows if they can.

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Auburn coach Bryan Harsin looks to freshman Robby Ashford to fill quarterback spot

Auburn’s quarterback conundrum continues as the Tigers prepare for the 57th Tiger Bowl this Saturday. With reports of Zach Calzada being done for the year, questions are still being asked about the health of sophomore T.J. Finley.

Auburn game week presser on Monday, Sept. 5, 2022  Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn center Tate Johnson out 6-8 weeks for elbow surgery

Auburn is down to its third-string center after its fourth game of the season, with former backup center Tate Johnson now out for 6-8 weeks due to scheduled elbow surgery, taking place later this week.

Sep 24, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Derick Hall (29) and Keionte Scott (6) celebrate touch down between Auburn and Missouri at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Auburn's Derick Hall earns SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Edge rusher Derick Hall is the first Auburn player to be honored by the SEC this season, earning the Defensive Player of the Week award for his career game against Missouri.

09, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Coach Bryan Harsin Locker Room Celebration during Auburn vs Missouri /
Survived: Auburn position grades after thriller vs. Missouri

Grading Auburn after the team stole victory from the jaws of defeat against Missouri, 17-14.

Sep 24, 2022; Auburn, Al, USA; Keionte Scott (6) forces fumble to win the game in overtime during the game between Auburn and Missouri at Jordan Hare Stadium.  Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics
Jordan-Hare Magic and a Tale of Two Halves: Auburn survives a scare from Missouri

In the days leading up to the Penn State game, the power and impact of Jordan-Hare Stadium was frequently mentioned and even hyped up by Auburn. While that game proved to be a one-sided affair, the magic may have struck a week late in the Tigers' SEC opener as Auburn managed to survive a fight against Missouri, 17-14.

Auburn Eric Kiesau
Auburn offense remains in question ahead of Missouri

After the drubbing by Penn State last Saturday, most of Auburn turned its attention to Missouri as a possible bounce-back game for an offense that has struggled to find its identity against a defense that seems outmatched. 

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Quarterback position still open as Auburn prepares for SEC play

It is the Monday before SEC football begins for the Auburn Tigers, and the quarterback situation appears to be open according to head coach Bryan Harsin.

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Reality Check: Grading Auburn's loss to Penn State

It was a mess on the Plains as a 14-6 deficit at halftime exploded to a 41-12 defeat at home against Penn State, the worst loss for Auburn inside Jordan-Hare Stadium in over a decade.

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Penn State dominates Auburn 41-12

This was Auburn’s worst loss at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the much-maligned 2012 season, when the Tigers were shut out by Georgia 38-0. 

Auburn Tank Bigsby
Auburn's history with the Big 10 and Penn State

As Auburn welcomes Penn State to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the first time ever, it will be the Tigers’ fourth time facing off with a team from the Big Ten Conference in the regular season and their second in the last 90 years.

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Rich McGlynn named Auburn's interim athletics director

Rich McGlynn, Auburn University’s executive associate AD in charge of compliance, has been named the Interim Athletics Director by Auburn University President Dr. Chris Roberts.

Auburn Jordan Hare Stadium War Eagle
Auburn-Penn State rematch looms as players look to even the score

Auburn’s rematch with Penn State has been circled on every fan’s calendar since the series was announced in 2016, and even more so after last year’s classic in Happy Valley. Apparently, some of Auburn’s leaders in the locker room have circled it too.  

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