Well, if there’s one thing to say after a loss, it’s that there’s never a shortage of stuff to talk about or report on. It’s the same after Saturday’s loss to defending national champion Clemson. The offense gained a Malzahn-low 117 total yards (with just 15 in the second half), and Auburn lost 14-6. Any offensive output at all - AT ALL - would’ve likely given the good Tigers a huge road victory. As it is, a fantastic defensive game was wasted, and we now sit at 1-1.
What did the head coach say immediately following the game?
Initial recap of Gus Malzahn after his worst total offensive performance in college footballhttps://t.co/NKKejoK3Qn— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 10, 2017
Yeah, the offense was historically bad, for a lot of reasons. For a bright spot, look at the defense.
Kevin Steele said he couldn't sleep last night, so he started watching Mercer tape. He's seen six games so far.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) September 11, 2017
It’s going to be bad for you, Mercer.
But back to what needs improvement, the offense was really bad. Really bad.
The above link is one of the biggest issues with Saturday night. Auburn didn’t even seem to try anything new, when Kam Martin had himself a fantastic opener, he was on the bench the entire night. That’s unfathomable!
REPORT CARD: Three of the four worst offensive games of Gus Malzahn's career have come in Auburn's last six games. https://t.co/SHx540jCQH— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) September 10, 2017
Rewinding everything Chip Lindsey and Kevin Steele said about Auburn's loss to Clemson https://t.co/ZasoTWB8pO— Tom Green (@Tomas_Verde) September 11, 2017
After that game, it’s tough not to remember 2008, when a head coach went to something new (for them) and it didn’t work out, leading to a mid-season firing and a lost year. I hope we see improvement, because I don’t want to have to worry about all of that mess.
And what we heard leading up to the opener was how the offensive line was as talented as its ever been. What’s happened is that they’ve allowed a billion sacks and gotten little push in the run game. It’s definitely time to shuffle things around.
Auburn falls in coaches poll after loss to Clemsonhttps://t.co/tJBx1O4AjG— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 10, 2017
Auburn drops in AP Top 25 poll after loss at Clemson https://t.co/T9UYHXbpuW— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) September 10, 2017
All in all, Auburn’s ranking didn’t really take a hit. They fell to #17 in the Coaches Poll, and just fell two spots to #15 in the AP Poll. That’s still pretty good, with plenty of room for upward growth should they string together some wins before Baton Rouge.
Anyway, busy Monday. Let’s see how the team reacts after the loss.