To summarize this weekend in a word-"Meh."
I"m not overly thrilled at the way Auburn's offense is working right now. The running game is just not clicking like we were used to seeing in 2013. The zone read is not there, the inside runs are eeking out a yard or two. The passing game is somewhat erratic. Nick Marshall does not appear to be a better passer than he was last year.
To those ready to push the panic button, I'd say step back from the ledge.
Auburn's offense was pretty vanilla on Saturday, and at times downright hard-headed. The coaching staff kept pounding the middle against La Tech just to prove a point. Maybe that point was that we have some work to do, because the offensive line, once thought to be one of the best in FBS, is not playing very well right now. Is it the shuffling around? Is it missing Kozan? Did Miller's injury really mess up the cohesion?
I'm not sure about the answers to all of these questions. I do know that Fulse is struggling to fill the shoes of Jay Prosch, and understandably so. But right now Gus and company don't have many other options, and maybe that's why Cameron Toney is making the switch to H-Back.
For all of this weeping and gnashing of teeth, Auburn pummeled La Tech. The defense again was fantastic in the first half, stuffing the Bulldog run game and setting up an easy score with an interception. The defense is much better than a year ago. The offense will get better if Malzahn's history is any indicator. I would argue that Auburn's receiving corps is as good as it has been since 2004.
We have a huge test coming up against a wounded LSU team Saturday night. The Tigers got embarrassed at home against Mississippi State. They will be ready to play come Saturday night. We better be ready as well.
Around College Football in 30 seconds...
Arkansas had A&M on the ropes in JerryWorld last Saturday afternoon, then decided to pull a Clemson. The Aggies forced OT and won it there. Arky will get somebody before it's all said and done. I think as the season rolls along our opening day win against them will look more and more impressive.
Georgia was supposed to be a final four contender. But they look pretty suspect to me as this season progresses. Hutson Mason is kind of ordinary. He was touted as being as good as Aaron Murray, but he can't get the ball down field. Maybe that has something to do with all of Georgia's receivers being injured. At this point I'd say that they are a typical Mark Richt Georgia team. Give Tennessee credit. They are improved under Butch Jones and may be back to being the Tennessee that we all loathe soon.
Jameis Winston is an embarrassment to Hueytown. Or the human race, I'd probably say the human race....
Thanks for your service. Army lost to Yale Saturday. Yale.
Have a great Corndog hate week and War Eagle!!