Auburn Football: Why the Game Against Samford is Important

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Nov 8, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan Hare Stadium. Texas A&M won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

An Opportunity to Dominate an Opponent

Sendoffs and well wishes are great, and it is important to honor the seniors for their effort and production on and off the football field. Getting a win is great, too. But, sometimes just winning isn’t enough. Saturday night against the Bulldogs, the Tigers have an opportunity to dominate an opponent.

“There are strategies to every game, but like I said we need to go out there, we need to play well, we need to get that edge and we’re going to do that,” Malzahn said this week. “Hopefully no one gets injured and all that, but that’s part of the game of football. We need to play well this week.”

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  • Auburn has one week to get ready for Alabama, and getting their edge back is the only way the Tigers will upset the Tide. They don’t need any additional motivation heading into the Iron Bowl, but they need to remember what it feels like to go out and punish an opponent in all three phases.

    Beating Samford 52-0, 45-7 or by some similar margin would accomplish that.

    There is also another benefit to dominating an opponent. Young players often have an opportunity to play late in blowout victories, and guys like Jeremy Johnson and Roc Thomas, who will be counted on much more in 2015 than they have been in 2014, could use some live reps.

    “We’re planning to get our edge back, play better and try to get better in all three areas,” Malzahn said. “If the opportunity presents itself, it would be great to get those young guys in to play.”

    Great for the present and the future.

    Next: Why the Game Against Samford is Important, Continued