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Auburn barely survives Arkansas, but fans want off the roller coaster

Auburn barely survives Arkansas, but fans want off the roller coaster

Doug Segrest, Special to the Advertiser
Published 6:24 p.m. MT Oct. 10, 2020

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AUBURN, Ala. — Open up the talk-show lines. Stay tuned for message board drama.

The red flags are up. The meltdown is real.

Auburn got physical Saturday, opening a big lead against resurgent Arkansas. But the Razorbacks shook off a 17-point, first-half deficit to force Auburn to the precipice.

It took a a 38-yard Anders Carlson field goal with 7 seconds left for the 13th-ranked Tigers to escape with a 30-28 victory.

Yeah, we know. It was upset Saturday. Florida fell. LSU tumbled.

But a not-so-funny thing happened on the way to an Auburn rout. This outcome wouldn’t, shouldn’t, couldn’t happen. Until it did.

To Gus Malzahn, against his home state team, to a program with a first-year coach just a week removed from ending a 20-game SEC losing skid. Yeah, we know, 2020 has been a year like no other.

But, seriously?

It will take a while to unwrap this one. Needing to re-establish a physical presence after getting manhandled by No. 3 Georgia a week ago, Auburn did just that from the start.

Freshman Tank Bigsby turned in a breakout performance, hitting the century mark before intermission.

And in less conventional fashion, Auburn’s running game found success with 300-pound tight end J.J. Pegues out of the wildcat. He got Auburn into an early rhythm with an 11-yard carry.

Suddenly, Auburn’s beleaguered offensive line was gashing holes that Bigsby began exploiting. But like a rainbow on a soggy day, the good times proved fleeting.

WEEK 6: Winners and losers include Texas A&M, LSU

SHOCKER:No. 3 Florida falls to No. 22 Texas A&M

LETDOWN: No. 16 LSU loses to winless Missouri

The 17-point lead, established just 25 minutes

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5 Dividend Stocks That Remain Good Buys In This Roller Coaster Market

5 Dividend Stocks That Remain Good Buys In This Roller Coaster Market

The Stock Market Roller Coaster Ride

The past three months (to say nothing about this year in general) in the stock market have felt distinctly like a roller coaster ride. First climbing upward rapidly from July until early September, then abruptly sliding downward until late September, then bottoming out and angling upward again. Market participants are being pulled and jerked around in their restraints as they hang onto the handles.

The relative lack of volatility from mid-2016 through late 2018 and from early 2019 through February, 2020 felt like a pleasant horse-drawn carriage ride compared to the Covid era.

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This has been even truer of many dividend stocks this year, as the risk of dividend cuts has induced yield-starved investors to vacillate wildly between fear and greed. It really is reminiscent of the speedy swings of emotion one feels on a roller coaster ride: anticipation and reward, excitement and terror, exhilaration and panic, laughing and shrieking.

So much happens in seemingly so little time.

6 of the craziest roller coasters across the world

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And then, when it’s over, you’re left thinking, “We waited an hour and a half for a 60 second ride?

One benefit of being a dividend-focused investor is that stock market volatility, while anxiety-inducing, matters less — as long as one remains confident in the safety of one’s dividend income stream. We at High Yield Landlord try to put emotions aside and invest like landlords, paying less attention to asset prices and more to the operations of the business and the stability of cash inflows.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at five dividend growth stocks that remain good buys even as the market has enjoyed an October rebound.

1. Gilead Sciences (GILD)

Admittedly, biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, which invented the drug that treats most HIV patients,

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