In the Auburn-Arkansas matchup, both coaches desperately needed a victory. And surprisingly enough, John L. Smith and the Arkansas Razorbacks took it to the Auburn Tigers by beating them in Jordan-Hare Stadium by a score of 24-7.
But with both of these struggling SEC teams irrelevant in any BCS talks, the main thing to take away from this game is the quarterback situation in Auburn.
Remember when young Kiehl Frazier was supposed to be the future of this program?
Some even compared him to Cam Newton and expected a superstar to emerge over time. Well, you can forget about those talks, as the starting quarterback job now belongs to Clint Moseley.
Frazier was pulled from the Arkansas game as he continued to struggle, completing 64 percent of his passes, but also throwing his eighth interception of the season. The sophomore quarterback has looked lost all season, makes terrible decisions with the football and often makes the most crucial mistakes at the worst possible time.
The offense struggles to move the ball with him on the football field and his bad habit of turning the ball over has not helped this football team turn things around.
Moseley on the other hand, had his issues with turnovers last season, but is an experienced quarterback that could have better success with this football team. In the loss to Arkansas, the junior quarterback completed 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards. He did manage to throw two interceptions, but also led the Tigers to its first and only touchdown of the game.
Things obviously weren't working out with Frazier, which is why he was pulled at halftime for the more experienced quarterback. There have been talks about head coach Gene Chizik being on the hot seat and those talks will only get louder with a loss to an Arkansas team that has been terrible on both sides of the ball.
Auburn now falls to a 1-4 record and with teams such as Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama still on the schedule, the Tigers are in serious danger of missing a bowl game for the first time since 2008. If things weren't serious enough before this SEC West showdown, it is now time to hit the panic button if you are an Auburn fan.
Chizik knows that his team isn't quite there yet and needs a spark particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Maybe Moseley provides it, maybe he doesn't, but it clearly wasn't going to come from Frazier, who has looked like a deer caught in the headlights ever since he stepped on the field.
Although Chizik did recently win a national championship in 2010, he knows that his job could be in jeopardy if things aren't quickly turned around. Moseley is really the last option the Tigers have, which is why the switch at the quarterback position will remain permanent for what is left of this 2012 season.
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