Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
It pains any Auburn fan to read this, but Gene Chizik did not have his team ready to play on Saturday. The Tigers were outplayed and out-coached by Dan Mullen and Mississippi State.
Auburn made mental mistakes and committed big penalties throughout the game. After a not so strong showing against Clemson, most people would have thought that Gene Chizik would have fixed the deficiencies throughout the week.
The old adage that football teams improve the most from Week 1 to Week 2 did not pertain to Auburn. They took a step back.
Chizik had a solid record following a loss before today's game but it was not apparent in the loss to Mississippi State. He simply did not have his team ready to play and there are already some that wonder if he will keep his job for the remainder of the season.
He will keep his job through 2012, but more performances like this during the season and he will put a lot more pressure on himself.
Auburn fans will want to see a well-coached football team next Saturday in the home opener. If they don't, it could be an ugly home opener for the Tigers.