Sunday, November 29, 2015

Did Auburn Cheat?,….

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Did you notice how Derrick Henry could not plant his foot to make a cut? But the auburn players didn’t seem to have that problem. There was a possible reason for that. Add this to the equation, the auburn area hasn’t seen any rainfall of significance since November the 8th. So drainage on the field wasn’t a problem from the rain.
Alabama did make some adjustments at halftime in what schemes to play on both sides of the ball but the Bama team also added longer cleats. They were not prepared for the watered down field. Neither were the officials as this was evident from one official trying to stop out of bounds and landed on his backside. Luckily he wasn’t hurt. auburn on the other hand knew the field was wet and was already wearing the longer cleats.
So where did all of this water come from? It wasn’t from the clouds.

5 comments:

  1. No doubt Auburn did this in my mind.

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  2. There is sand beneath the sod. We are a landcsape company. It drains well. They had to have watered it intentionally. It hasn't rained since Nov 8th.

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    1. Thanks for that info. Isn't the center of the field crowned just a bit to allow drainage?

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  3. Yep. The crowned field mans the middle was dryer, and probably got less doctoring to begin with. The sidelines is where it was the slickest. Auburn's game plan reflected a knowledge that this would be the case.

    The slippery sidelines took away Alabama's screen passes and end around runs by the receivers that Alabama has used very effectively all year to keep defenses honest against stacking the middle. Notice how Auburn didn't run many, if any, out routes (when they actually passed) or screens? Their passing game was all crossing patterns and post routes in the middle of the field. Their success running the ball early was built on spreading the defense by using the receivers out wide as decoys and then running off tackle knowing the defensive backs couldn't turn back in quick enough for run support because of the field conditions. Meanwhile the middle of the field was much dryer and gave the running backs better traction. Alabama adjusted their defensive game plan at the half and Auburn only got one yard rushing the entire second half.

    With the wet field on the edges neutralizing the staples (screens & end around runs) from Alabama's game plan Auburn was able to stack the middle. But even when they KNEW it was going to be all Henry straight ahead all of the time they couldn't stop him in the fourth quarter.

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    1. I had also heard the cheerleaders were actually in the mud and one thing I forgot to mention was Coker sliding into a bench, when going out of bounds. With the drainage to the right and left sides, this makes sense. Thanks for your post Micheal.

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