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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Grim Reality of Auburn Football


Auburn traveled to Starkville, MS Saturday and limped away in a 23-9 losing effort. 

The grim reality is Auburn is struggling offensively.


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PASSING                                                                      AU              MSU
Total (Net)21469
Comp.-Att.-Int.                 19-38-09-17-1
Avg. / Att.5.64.1
Avg. / Comp.11.37.7
TDs00


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TOTAL OFFENSE
Yards304418
Plays5974
Avg. / Play5.25.6
Fumbles - Lost4-2              1-0
Penalties - Yds.2-101-15

It's difficult to have an effective offense when you turn the ball over. Add to this dropped pass plays, and a few missed assignments, and the sum equals a loss. 

I haven't seen an Auburn offense struggle like this in many years. While fewer penalties were committed, the Tigers offense continues its woeful ways. only 15 first downs earned, and 3 of 14 on third down is not a recipe for success.

Up until this season Auburn averaged: (Points per game)

2013-39.5
2014-35.5
2015-27.5
2016-31.2
2017-33.9

Since Gus Malzahn became its head coach.**

The hapless defense had some difficulty getting off the field, yet held the opponent to under 24 points. An effort that would have won every game in previous seasons under Gus Malzahn. 

Just my opinion here, but if the offense had been more efficient, the defense would not have been on the field so long, leading this writer to believe, they would have played even better.

There must be better execution all around. Including the coaches.


Here's to hoping things get turned around quickly.

WAR EAGLE!
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