That was alot of fun. NOT!
Tonight's game got ugly in a hurry. Stupid penalties killed any momentum we could have gained in the first half, and by the time the offense got semi-rolling in the second half, we were down 24. Kick coverage once again was abysmal and a liability. Once again we couldn't move the ball through the air, allowing LSU to key on Ben Tate. And we gave up the most passing yards Jordan Jefferson has ever thrown. Gene Chizik was absolutely right when he said "They beat us in about every phase of football game, from the beginning to the end and probably everywhere in between." This team was undermanned, which we all knew going in, and also underprepared, which is the most disappointing part of the outcome.
I figured we'd see more Wildcat this week with Todd's problems last week, but in my opinion it did more to prevent the offense from getting any rhythm than any good it did (which wasn't alot). Todd once again was subpar throwing the ball, only putting up a measly 3.3 yards per attempt. That's not going to cut it in the Sun Belt, much less the SEC. I'm wondering if we should cut bait on Todd and put Caudle in to try and build something positive for next season; it seems we might be best-served to start gearing up for next season anyways.
Eltoro Freeman had a whale of a game; 12 tackles and generally flying all over the field. He looked like an Auburn defender of the past few years rather than the timid, tackle-missing bunch we've seen this year. I thought we did a decent job of stopping the run and getting some pressure on Jefferson, but our secondary had more holes than a slice of Swiss cheese (it's 2 AM, give me a break when my jokes suck).
One last thing that ran through my head while watching the debacle was that we were witnessing all of our fears about Gene Chizik as a head coach come true. All the things we'd heard from bitter Iowa State fans about him have reared their ugly heads this week and last week, and it's not pretty. He looked generally disinterested tonight, which was different from the Chizik I saw in the big wins against Louisiana Tech and West Virginia. He just seemed like he would rather be somewhere else.
One final thought: Despite how poorly we've played in the last two games, if you're thinking of going to Jordan-Hare for the Ole Miss game, PLEASE DO. The last thing us fans need to do is abandon these boys who have poured so much sweat and blood into this program. If you're planning on going, get there early, stay late, and cheer your heart out. No matter how you feel about the state of the program or the play of the team, it's the least you can do.