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Auburn Football: Why Tigers Won't Beat a BCS Conference Opponent in 2012

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 6:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers argues a call during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Alex CallosCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

The Auburn Tigers knocked off New Mexico State 42-7 earlier today for their second win of the season, snapping a five game losing streak.

The two wins for Auburn have both come against schools from non-BCS leagues. With Georgia and Alabama the only remaining FBS schools on the schedule, it is looking very unlikely that Auburn will knock off a team from a BCS league all season.

For the Tigers, the only other win came in a 31-28 overtime victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Losses to Georgia and Alabama would complete an 0-9 season against schools from BCS conferences.

But, why have the Tigers struggled so much all season long. The answer is pretty simple. Inconsistency at the quarterback position has plagued Auburn since the start of the year.

The Tigers ranked near the bottom of the country, averaging well less than 20 points a game. Former starter Kiehl Frazier struggled mightily at the beginning of the season and was eventually benched in favor of freshman Jonathan Wallace.

Wallace has not done much better, as he completed only 9-of-16 passes for 164 yards with a touchdown and an interception against New Mexico State.

Auburn quarterbacks have only thrown six touchdown passes all season with 11 interceptions. Those are numbers that spell disaster.

While the running game has been the strength of the offense, it has still been a struggle for most of the season. The Tigers are only averaging around 3.5 yards a carry and have not been nearly as productive as they were a year ago with Michael Dwyer carrying the load.

 

Head coach Gene Chizik and his job security has also been a hot topic for much of the season. It has been well-documented that Chizik has struggled big time when Cam Newton is not his quarterback.

The big question that will be surrounding the Tigers during the offseason will be whether or not Chizik remains as the leader of the program.

The defense has been the strong point of the team, but that group has also struggled, allowing nearly 30 point a game.

When trying to figure out why Auburn is going to go an entire season without beating a BCS Conference opponent, it is hard to pinpoint just one thing.

The struggles of the Tigers have been a combination of a number of things, but above all, the play at the quarterback position is the main reason for the 2-7 record.

Something has to change before the start of the 2013 season, or next year could be much of the same for the Tigers.

 

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