Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
We are halfway through the season;
And there is one thing we have learned,
Everything happens for a reason!
And Championships must be earned!
Football is not just a game we play!;
But how we handle life!
On or off the field, day by day,
Facing adversity and facing strife!!
Sometimes we lose our focus,
We stumble and we fall;
But it's how we get back up to fight,
That keeps us standing tall!!
We may have lost one battle,
But the SEC War still remains!!
Our spirit has not been rattled!
We have nothing to lose, but all to gain!!
We are going on the offensive!
Meeting new challenges one by one!
We are shielded by our defenses!;
And our climb to new heights has just begun!!!
We have wrestled the enemy that lies within!
Our Auburn Tigers are Back!!
Don't count us out!! Count us in!!
The Gamecocks can't stop our attack!!
So get ready for some great Auburn football!!!
Saturday is a brand new day!!
Prepare to roll Toomer's Corner again!!
OUR CHAMPIONS ARE HERE TO STAY!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
Auburn's offense has been tooling along nicely for the most part. This season however, it seems to be moving at a slower pace. Let's take a look at some numbers and try to figure out if Auburn's offense is working faster or slower than last season.
**all stats courtesy of cfbstats.com
The average rushing yards per attempt equal 6.30 in 2013 versus 5.55 this season thus far. One needs to remember these 2013 stats are padded by a woeful Western Carolina team that allowed every Auburn RB except Chandler Shakespeare and Patrick Lyman to average over 15 yards per carry.
Halfway thru the season, the total number of plays is below 50% by almost an entire game. For Auburn to reach the lofty numbers of 2013, three things must happen.
First Penalties must be reduced. Drive altering penalties have cost the Tigers dearly so far this season. Most have come from the offensive line that has seen different personnel in almost every game.
Second, Auburn's offense must improve in running the football. The average per carry is down, and the defenses we still face on the schedule are only going to be better, with the exception being Samford. Sometimes inefficient down field blocking have all led to fewer 1st downs per game.
Lastly, Auburn's passing game has to improve. Dropped passes, poorly thrown passes all must be improved.
Coach Malzahn offense depends on that initial 1st down of every drive to start the fast pace process. Elimination of three and outs must be an emphasis going forward.
The pace at which Auburn goes, also depends on the offense converting 3rd downs into 1st downs. While the percentage is up slightly over last season, the missed opportunities will cost you in close games as seen in Starkville, MS. For the last two games the Tigers are running below the 2013 average at 44.44%.
With all of the talent and Senior leadership on this team, Auburn has the ability to surpass the achievements of the 2013 squad. They can play for the National Championship if all the pieces to the puzzle were to fall into place.
This can be the most explosive Auburn offense in history if the corrections can be made. I believe they will. The schedule is no piece of cake, and no team in America has a tougher road ahead of it, so if Auburn is to make these improvements and play for championships, there's no time like the present.