In a game that should have allowed Auburn to get back on track, the Tigers were blown out at home against Arkansas, 24-7. Arkansas' defense was giving up more than 500 yards per game and had forced just two turnovers in 2012, but Auburn managed just 328 yards and turned the ball over five times.
It's usually a bad sign when three quarterbacks get snaps in a game, and that was the case on Saturday. Kiehl Frazier was pulled after a first half in which he completed 9 of 14 passes for 118 yards and an interception. Clint Moseley started the second half, and while he was responsible for Auburn's only touchdown pass, he also threw two interceptions. Jonathan Wallace received a few wildcat snaps and picked up 11 rushing yards on two carries.
In case you haven't noticed, this is a lost season, and unfortunately, it's time to consider some bigger changes. Scot Loeffler is not good enough to lead this offense, and he needs to go. His play-calling has been questionable all year, and pulling Frazier in this game could do serious long-term damage to the young quarterback's fragile psyche. Frazier was not the problem in the fist half, and Loeffler panicked when he decided to insert Moseley.
After struggling early, Auburn's defense played well for the majority of the game. The Razorbacks picked up 371 yards, and the Tiger defense did a fine job of keeping the Razorbacks from reeling off touchdowns after having good field position. But after Auburn scored to pull within 10-7, Arkansas marched off a quick touchdown drive -- thanks in part to a phantom holding call on Joshua Holsey -- to retake a 10-point lead. With the way the offense had preformed all afternoon, it seemed unlikely that the Tigers would be able to overcome that deficit.
This program is officially at a crossroads. Gene Chizik deserves a ton of credit for keeping the 2010 team together in the face of adversity and leading Auburn to a national championship. But it's time to closely examine whether or not he is the man for the job. This was always going to be a tough year, but it should have been a year that featured development of a foundation for 2013. So far, that development hasn't happened. The Tigers are going backward, and every aspect of the program needs to be evaluated. That includes the head coach.
Right now, this team looks like it will finish the season 4-8. There's really not much else to say.