Auburn Football: Loss to Arkansas Highlights Tigers' Problems on Offense

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IOctober 6, 2012

Oct 6, 2012; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Kiehl Frazier (10) is brought down by Arkansas Razorbacks linebacker Terrell Williams (25) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-US PRESSWIRE
Shanna Lockwood-US PRESSWIRE

The sad story that is the Auburn Tigers season continued after losing to the Arkansas Razorbacks, 24-7. The loss helped highlight every single problem the Tigers have on offense that has led to this awful season.

Let's take a look at what some of those problems are on the offensive end for Auburn.


Lackluster Quarterback Play

It's season No. 2 without Cam Newton behind center, and the Tigers have yet to replace him.

Kiehl Frazier hasn't been able to fill those shoes as Auburn's quarterback hasn't proved to be explosive through the air or on the ground this season. Frazier's season-high total for rushing yards is a measly 22, while he has yet to break the 200-yard mark passing the ball.

On top of that, Frazier has thrown a total of eight interceptions in just five games in 2012, while only throwing the ball into the end zone twice.

In the game against Arkansas, coach Gene Chizik attempted to pull Frazier in favor of Clint Moseley, who went on to complete 13 of 21 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown and two picks.

Clearly there is nowhere to turn for the Tigers behind center, and that has been their biggest problem.



Coming into this game, Frazier was infamous for throwing the ball away to the opposing team, and that trend continued against Arkansas.

Auburn's signal-caller threw one pick against the Razorbacks. His replacement, Moseley, went on to throw two more interceptions, bumping Auburn's season total to 10.

Fumbles have added to this team's turnover problems, and both Mike Blakely and Emory Blake were responsible for one apiece.

That's five possessions in total that Auburn coughed up, and it's tough to win games when you give the opposing offense extra drives.


Weak Offensive Line

For a team to have success on offense, it starts and ends with the offensive line. That being the case, it's impossible for Auburn to even get started with the offensive line they are throwing out there each game.

Both Moseley and Frazier were sacked four times apiece as they enjoyed little blocking from the O-line. To add insult to injury, Arkansas had more sacks against Auburn in this game than in all previous five games combined.