Everyone at Auburn seems to agree: It's the perfect time for a bye week.
The Tigers certainly aren't losing any momentum by taking a break here in the fifth week of the season. Any momentum Auburn had after a 3-0 start was derailed by Jeremy Hill and LSU in a rainy Death Valley last Saturday night.
But what Gus Malzahn's team does have—and has shown in the first four weeks of the season—is a lot of potential.
This week, the Tigers will have plenty of time to harness and hone in on that potential in time for their return to action Oct. 5 against No. 21 Ole Miss.
"The next two weeks are huge," Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said on Sunday. "It couldn't have come at a better time. We are 3-1, we have a young football team and we feel like we can really clean some things up. We'll work on us a little bit, as well as worry about our opponent, which is a really good one."
Just like any team in the country, there's a long list of corrections the Auburn coaching staff would like to make sooner than later. But five issues in particular have stood out through the first four games of the season to spectators, coaches and players alike.
If the Tigers can straighten out these five areas of concern, they might just come a few steps closer to living up to that vast potential.
They say a team always makes its biggest improvement from Week 1 to Week 2. For Auburn, it may just come from Week 4 to Week 6.