Ryan Black’s second day story on the Tigers’ 45-41 road upset of Texas A&M starts with an off the wall comparison of first-year Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to Heisman Trophy winner and BCS National Champion Cam Newton. And, while the evidence backing up the comparison isn’t too substantial -Marshall being a balanced rushing and passing quarterback and being the first Tiger QB to have a 200 passing and 100 rushing game since Newton, Marshall has brought Auburn out of the SEC basement and into the national spotlight much like the current Carolina Panther QB did in 2010. Black brings up an important dichotomy later in the story which I see as the most important angle: the Tigers already have twice as many wins than they did last year. And looking ahead to their remaining schedule, Auburn could easily finish 10-2 if they keep playing the way they have so far. He even says the Tigers may be a threat to the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide. Now, I wouldn’t go as far to suggest that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened.
Saturday Down South looked at the different factors at play in Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Alabama. They presented the five things that could be in favor of each team on two separate posts bringing up things like best players, fans, coaches, and stats. In short it is similar to a notes page about all of the potential outcomes and storylines, but it works to show fans what could happen in the game and why it is important.
This article by Bleacher Report explores the implications of a Mississippi State win on Saturday for head coach Dan Mullen. They look at his record as well as speak with him directly. For future ramifications, the article suggests that Mullen could be “coaching for his job” in 2014 if the program does not move forward this year. This type of story does happen with some regularity, as it did with Mark Richt in recent years, but in many ways, it holds more significance than a single season impact because a failure at the coaching position could have repercussions for many years to come.