During the summer, Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier was entrenched in a battle with returning starter Clint Moseley and true freshman Jonathan Wallace.
After a strong spring, it was assumed that Frazier would ultimately win the job, which he did shortly before the end of fall camp.
But it took a while for him to do that, and considering that his primary competition was Moseley, who has been nursing a sore shoulder since spring, Frazier's inability to win the job quickly was something that should have concerned Auburn fans.
Judging from Frazier's performance vs. Mississippi State, it should have been more than just concerning; it should have been downright frightening.
The sophomore Tigers signal-caller finished the afternoon 13-of-22 for 125 yards, zero touchdowns, three interceptions and two lost fumbles.
It begged the question during the game, "When is the backup going in?"
"Or is there even a backup?"
That's the problem for Auburn: There isn't one that they feel comfortable with.
Moseley's arm is still hurting, and Wallace is too inexperienced to be trusted to bring his team back on the road.
So, for better or worse, it's Frazier's show.
That's not good for the Tigers.
Even while Moseley was injured, head coach Gene Chizik wanted to give him every opportunity to win the job—Frazier's performance early in the season has shown why.
He wanted somebody—anybody—to win the job.
Nobody did, and Auburn is well on its way to a disappointing season.
It's clear that offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler and the Auburn coaching staff don't have confidence in Frazier, because in the third and fourth quarters in obvious passing situations, Loeffler continually called zone reads, draws and designed QB runs.
That's not exactly the way to instill confidence in an offense.
For better or worse, it's Frazier's job. Judging from the early returns, that means it's going to be a long season on the Plains.