While we look at the upcoming football season and try our hand at PREDICTIONS, I also thought we should look at College Football Playoff championship teams, their stats and glean some idea of what we might see from the new Auburn offense.
In 2010, Auburn was #2 nationally in rushing yards per attempt at 6.2.
In 2013 Auburn was #1 in the country with a 6.3 per attempt.
In both of the above football seasons, the Tigers played in the national championship game.
Could this be an indicator of success? Maybe.
Alabama was 47th last season. Only one team in the CFB Playoff era was inside the Top 10 Rushing offense and that was Ohio State.
Let's look at the eventual champions of the playoff era and how their rushing games compared nationally.Now compare this to the passing games of these same champions.
While the numbers are a bit erratic, there is a clear indication the eventual national champion teams did not have to be balanced per se offensively.
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In the A Day game, Auburn called 23 pass and 23 run plays as Justin Ferguson noted. This offense needs to be proficient. It's not like there's a secret formula to football offensively. You need to play as mistake-free as possible, limit turnovers, and not commit penalties.
If this new staff can get this team in shape mentally and physically the sky is the limit.