Even with a fairly young team, it’s head scratching that players from three-straight top 10 recruiting classes can not blow a Sun Belt conference team out of the water. Is it the coaching? The players?
It didn’t appear that Auburn was not ready to play or looking forward to next week. They were playing intense and aggressive football for three quarters.
Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler went extremely conservative in the fourth quarter. It’s understandable that he doesn’t trust his young quarterback, but in order to have any reward, there must be some risk that is taken.
The offense was also very predictable. Most of the time the Tigers are going to run the ball to the left behind Greg Robinson and John Sullen. When they were in shotgun, they were going to throw. If Frazier was under center, you can expect a run. That does not take a football expert to figure that out.
The offense had some semblance of balance after the first quarter. That trend did not continue. Auburn attempted 19 passes compared to 42 rushing attempts.
Gene Chizik made the correct call in overtime to not risk anything and go for the winning field goal on second down.
The coaches have their work cut out for them and they’ll take a win over anyone at this point. However, they must look internally at what they can do differently to improve in the fundamentals of the game. If this team doesn't improve then Auburn will struggle to get to four wins.