Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Lost 26-19 to Clemson
Without Sammy Watkins, I really thought this game would go down to the wire—and it did.
However, the Auburn Tigers could not keep up on offense with one of the best passing attacks in the country (save West Virginia and USC).
Kiehl Frazier certainly played well for his first career-start in a prime-time setting, but throwing 16 incomplete passes is simply not good enough.
He found Emory Blake for a huge TD and Philip Lutzenkirchen was productive as well, but there needs to be that third target to stretch the field against the elite competition.
Clemson's defense is far from spectacular, but it is very athletic and talented.
Many would argue this ACC squad exposed Auburn a tad because it was the Clemson front four, not the Auburn front four that made a huge impact in the fourth quarter (Tajh Boyd was sensational).
Tre Mason and Onterio McCalebb are a fine duo (both combined for 188 yards rushing), but you need to pass the ball when it is crunch time, and the Tigers settled for way too many field goals.
Three kicks inside 40 yards by Cody Parkey was a nightmare last night, and while it is great to see points on the board, we should all realize that touchdowns are the name of the game.
Auburn has a brutal stretch down the road in the SEC West, but it is far from panic time with Gene Chizik at the helm.
Also, they had previously won 11 straight games decided by eight points or less before their loss to Clemson.
Give the ACC some props, but Auburn will bounce back against Mississippi State and still might just pull off a stunner down the road (see: LSU, Arkansas).