Homecoming on the Plains of Auburn is a special occasion for all the Auburn family. Why bother the festivities with an opponent that would sour the mood. Western Carolina fit the bill of patsy, and the Tigers made very short work of the Catamounts.
Not to belabor the thought, Auburn did what an SEC team should have done with a weaker opponent. The Tigers put the game out of reach for the woeful Catamounts early in the first half.
What made this game so different? Coach Gus Malzahn started a true Freshman QB, and thus ignored the conventional wisdom of saving one Jeremy Johnson's red-shirt. That Johnson performed admirably is not to be taken lightly.
There should be no doubt that Nick Marshall is the starter of this Auburn team. Auburn fans may think there is a QB controversy on this team. There. Is. Not. Now though, there is an amount of extreme confidence that Jeremy Johnson can take the reigns if need be. What a comfortable feeling that is.