Yesterday was a lousy Monday. We all woke to the terrible news of a mass murder in Las Vegas. I have no idea how many sandwiches short of a picnic a person has to be to open fire on innocent concert goers, but this has become an all-to-common thing in the world we live in. Here’s hoping it stops.
As if that wasn’t enough to ruin a day, I saw later on that day that Tom Petty had died of a massive heart attack, then that he hadn’t actually died, then he finally did pass on. I may date myself a bit by saying this, but I grew up on the southern rock Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers belted out. So I decided this week to give you my review with as much Petty as I can possibly cram in.
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around*
As in, it looks like the Auburn offense finally has. We were all wondering when the Auburn offense would get on track. Auburn took a big step forward against Missouri, and took an even bigger step forward with another great performance against State. The offensive line has been very different since Casey Dunn took over as starting center. He seems to have a much better knack for assignments and pass protection. It may wind up being the biggest personnel move of the year.
Runnin’ Down a Dream
Kerryon Johnson’s big run set the tone for the night early in the game. He obviously isn’t 100%, neither is Bubba Pettway for that matter. But both of these guys are gutting it out right now. If Auburn can take care of business early this week, I’d love to see Miller and Barrett get touches so KJ and Bubba can take it easy, baby.
Into the Great Wide Open
Auburn had receivers running wide open all night against State. Will Hastings double move left a Bulldog DB looking for his jockey strap. And Jarrett Stidhim Is deadly accurate when he has time to throw. He really only made one bad decision that led to a turnover early in the game. But in Mississippi State’s case, even the losers get lucky sometimes.
Won’t Back Down
The Auburn defense is as good as any we’ve had since the 2004 season thus far in 2017. I don’t know that I have ever seen as many playmakers on a defensive line. I mean, there is little to know dropoff in the Tiger rotation. Auburn’s defensive backs flat out took the milk money of the State receivers Saturday night. They did a really nice job of challenging without drawing penalties on pass plays.
Other than Alabama and Georgia, the rest of the conference looks pretty much putrid. Florida continues to win games, but they have benefitted from a weak schedule and the coaching blunders of opposing coaches like Butch Jones. LSU losing to Troy is pretty much unforgivable, but when you hire a coach that speaks swamp gibberish, you kind of have to expect it.
Auburn should be 8-1 going into the Georgia game, and if Auburn can avoid the injury bug, November should be a very interesting month.
*Yeah so that one was a duet with Stevie Nicks, but it fits