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Old 20.07.2017, 12:19 PM
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That number goes down to 50 if you use the standard I've been using.
Ahh right I'll change it, Still a lot.

Are you going by consensus because that's 53

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Old 20.07.2017, 12:26 PM
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Ahh right I'll change it, Still a lot.

Are you going by consensus because that's 53
I'm going by college football reference's consensus list, which I'm not 100% sure is correct, but I'm not going to quibble over 3 players if you want to put 53 .

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb...l-america.html
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Old 20.07.2017, 03:41 PM
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I'm going by college football reference's consensus list, which I'm not 100% sure is correct, but I'm not going to quibble over 3 players if you want to put 53 .

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb...l-america.html
oh really, I thought you guys were just making up these numbers, didn't realise there was a source

I better go back and revisit my 2 submissions
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Day -23: Auburn Tigers



Location: Auburn, Alabama

Tigers: The name dates back to their first season, it is said to come from the 355th line of the poem The Deserted Village, by Oliver Goldsmith. "Where crouching tigers wait their hapless prey,”.

Introduction: Started play in 1892. They became a Division I Independent in 1902. In 1921 they became a founding member of the Southern Conference and in 1933 were one of the breakaways to found the SEC.

Biggest achievement: Auburn claims two national championships.

1957, a 10-0 season under HoF coach Ralph Jordan (for whom Jordan-Hare is co-named). They won their first SEC title with a 7-0 record, and finished #1 in the AP poll.

2010, they went 14-0 under Gene Chizik (who was fired 2 years later). Including an SEC championship game win over South Carolina (56-17) and a BCS Championship game win over Oregon (22-19).

Biggest failure: 2012, Auburn set the record for quickest losing season following a BCS championship game victory, going 3-9 and firing their HC Gene Chizik.

Rivals: Alabama, "The Iron Bowl". Located 156 miles apart, the two first played in 1893 and have meet every year since 1948, of the 81 meeting Alabama leads 45–35–1. From 1948-1988 the game was played in Birmingham, which has a large roll in the steel industry, hence the name of the series.

Georgia, "The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry", located 174 miles apart, the two first meet in 1892 (the game actually predates "The South's Oldest Rivalry [North Carolina vs Virginia]" by 8 months). They have played every year since 1944. Of the 120 meetings Georgia leads 57–55–8.

LSU, the battle of the SEC's two original Tigers (Missouri becoming the third). Located 419 miles apart, the two first played in 1901, but have only played every year since 1992. LSU leads the 51 meetings 28–22–1.

Auburn also holds a partially defunct rivalry with Florida, at the time of the SEC's original expansion in 1992 the two had meet 71 times, making it Auburn's second most played rivalry. The two however haven't meet since 2011, and are next scheduled to play in 2019.

Mascot: Aubie, a man in a tiger costume.

Traditions: War Eagle, their battle cry, they keep an eagle on the sidelines for football games (named Tiger), however it is not a mascot. There are a number of stories of where the cry comes from, including a Civil War veteran taking his eagle (which he'd found on the battle field) to the first game. Another story is that during a 1920 game against the Carlisle Indians the Indians had a DL nicknamed Bald Eagle, in an effort to wear him down Auburn ran a no huddle offence, running plays at Bald Eagle with the QB signal "Bald Eagle", the crowd misheard and joined in the shouts with "War Eagle".

Toomer's corner, two southern live oak trees which were covered in toilet paper any time something good happened at Auburn, in 2010 they were poisoned by some idiot Alabama fan.

School colours: Auburn's official colours are Burnt Orange and Navy Blue, which come from the HC or their first game's Alma Mater, Virginia.

Head coach: Gus Malzahn, former Arkansas and Henderson State (Division II) WR. He started coaching in 1991 as a DC at an Arkansas high school, where he became a HC the following year. After 14 years at 3 high schools all in Arkansas he became the OC at Arkansas. After one year he left to be OC at Tulsa. In 2009 he became OC at Auburn, where he coached Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to a National Championship. In 2012 he got his first college HC job at Arkansas State, and after one year returned to Auburn as the top guy.

He has a FBS record of 44-21, 35-18 at Auburn.

Auburn has 28 All Americans:

Jimmy Hitchcock, B, 1932, college football HoF.

Jimmy Phillips, E, 1957, one time first team All Pro.

Tucker Frederickson, B, 1964, number one overall selection of the 1965 NFL draft, college football HoF.

Pat Sullivan, QB, 1971, 1971 Heisman Trophy Winner, number retired by Auburn, college football HoF.

Terry Beasley, E, 1971, college football HoF.

Gregg Carr, LB, 1984, 1984 academic All American.

Bo Jackson, RB, 1983 and 1985, 1986 Heisman Trophy winner, number retired by Auburn, one time MLB All Star, number one overall selection of the 1986 NFL draft, college football HoF.

Tracy Rocker, DL, 1987 and 1988, college football HoF.

Aundray Bruce, LB, 1987, number one overall selction of the 1988 NFL draft.

Cam Newton, QB, 2010, 2010 Heisman Trophy Winner, one time first team All Pro, 2015 NFL MVP, 2015 NFL offensive player of the year, number one overall selection of the 2011 NFL draft.

Other players of note:

Willie Anderson, T, 3 time first team All Pro.

Frank Gatski, C-LB, 3 time first team All Pro, served in the US Army during WWII, pro football HoF.

Forrest Blue, C, 2 time first team All Pro.

Kevin Greene, LB-DE, 2, 1996 NFL defensive player of the year, 1990s NFL All Decade, current outside LBs coach for the Green Bay Packers, pro football HoF.

Stadium: Pat Dye Field at Jordan–Hare Stadium, opened 1939, 87,500 capacity. Named for Pat Dye, former coach and athletic director, Ralph Jordan, the winningest coach in Auburn history and Cliff Hare, a member of Auburn's first football team as well as Dean of the Auburn University School of Chemistry and President of the Southern Conference.

Reading this put a smile on my face and cheered up an otherwise crappy day, thanks for doing these.
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Old 20.07.2017, 07:57 PM
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Reading this put a smile on my face and cheered up an otherwise crappy day, thanks for doing these.
That's the best feedback I've received doing these, makes it all worthwhile .
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Here's some more.

Really appreciate the effort. Have read all of them at least once. Check back most days to catch up. One of the few bright spots in an otherwise moribund forum.

Good work fella!!

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Here's some more.

Really appreciate the effort. Have read all of them at least once. Check back most days to catch up. One of the few bright spots in an otherwise moribund form.

Good work fella!!


Seriously that means a lot .
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Oh go on then I'll join in with the kw13 love in!

Genuinely look forward to reading these during my lunch break at work, really appreciate the effort you (and the other contributors) have put in. Your Michigan piece was particularly great!
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Day -21: Missouri Tigers







Location: Columbia, Missouri



Tigers: The name Tigers dates back to the American Civil War. In 1864 Missouri suspended operations for the university, during the same year residents of Columbia set up a home guard called the Fighting Tigers of Columbia, who fought against Confederate Bushwakers hoping to plunder the city.



Introduction: Started play in 1890. They became a Division I Independent in 1901. In 1909 they became a founding member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which later became the Big 6/7/8/12. In 2012 they tagged along with Texas A&M in leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC.



Biggest achievement: 1924, the went 7-2, winning the MVIAA with a 5-1 conference record, they would be invited to play in the first and last Los Angeles Christmas Festival, where they lost to USC.



1939, under HoF HC Don Faurot they would go 8-2, winning their first Big championship, receiving their first invite to a major bowl (Orange, a 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech) and finishing ranked in the top 10 (#6) for their first time.



1960, under HoF coach Dan Devine they would go 10-1, winning the Big 8 with a 6-1 record (only defeat coming at the hands of Kansas) and winning their first bowl (Orange vs Navy) after 6 failed attempts. They would finish #5 in the nation, their first of two top 5 finishes. Going into the final regular season game of the season vs Kansas they were #1, one of two times they've been #1 in their history.



2007, they would go 12-2 with their both of their defeats coming to Oklahoma (one in the Big 12 championship game). They would win the Cotton Bowl vs Arkansas and finish #4 in the country, their 2nd top 5 finish and highest finish ever. Going into the Big 12 championship game they were ranked #1 in the country.



Biggest failure: 1984-1996, 13 consecutive losing seasons. Between 1985 and 1994 they went 30-77-4, including 18-52 in conference.

Rivals: Kansas, "The Border War", the rivalry between the two states dates back to before Kansas was a state, stemming from open warfare between slave holders and free-staters. The two first meet in 1891, they meet every year up to 1917, with the 1918 game cancelled due to a flu epidemic. They then played every year from 1919 to 2011, when Missouri left for the SEC and Kansas declined to face them out of conference.

At the time of the rivalry's end the two had meet 120 times, the 2nd most of any two teams in Division I history (Minnesota vs Wisconsin being first), Missouri leads 57–54–9.

Missouri also holds a 100+ game series with two other former Big 12 foes, Iowa State, a 104 game series, with Missouri leading, 61–34–9, not played since Missouri's departure from the conference in 2011 and Nebraska another 104 game series, with Nebraska leading 65–36–3, the game hasn't been played since Nebraska's departure for the Big Ten.

They were also approaching 100 games with Kansas State and Oklahoma, the Oklahoma game being a trophy game (The Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe) of course neither have been played since 2011.

Mascot: Truman the Tiger, a man in a tiger costume, He is named after Harry S Truman, the 33rd president of the USA who was born and served as a judge and senator in Missouri.

Traditions: Homecoming, Missouri claim to be the originator of the tradition in 1911, verified by Trivial Pursuit, and Jeopardy!. The story goes that Missouri traditionally played Kansas in Kansas City, a change to conference rules meant all in conference games would have to be played on campus, Missouri fearing a massive drop in attendance pleaded with alumni to "Come home".

Big MO II, a 9-foot, 800-pound bass drum, it is used to lead the fans in the chant of M-I-Z Z-O-U. It is the largest bass drum in the USA.

School colours: Old Gold and Black, the colour of a tiger.

Head coach: Barry Odom, former MLB for Missouri. He started coaching in 2000 as an assistant at an Oklahoma high school. In 2001 he became HC at a Missouri high school. In 2003 he became a GA at Missouri, holding various positions up until 2011. In 2012 he left for the DC job at Memphis. In 2015 he was named DC at Missouri, a role in which he spent one season before being promoted to HC, replacing Gary Pinkel who retired due to cancer and wanting to spend the remaining years with his family.

In one season Odom has a 4-8 record.

Missouri has 13 All Americans:

Darold Jenkins, L, 1941, college football HoF.

Johnny Roland, DB, 1965, college football HoF.

Roger Wehrli, DB, 1968, 3 time first team All Pro, 1970s NFL All Decade, pro and college football HoF.

Kellen Winslow, TE, 1978, 3 time first team All Pro, 1980s NFL All Decade, pro and college football HoF.

Michael Sam, DL, 2013, first openly gay player in NFL history.

Other players of note:

Clyde Smith, C, 3 time first team All Pro.

John Matuszak, DL, #1 overall selection of the 1973 NFL draft.

Stadium: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium aka "The Zou", opened 1926, 71,000 capacity. Named for former HC and Athletic director Don Faurot.

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