Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
The art of deception is overrated. Auburn doesn't care if you know what's coming—hint: it's a run—and trusts its guys to make sound plays in spite of that telegraph.
The Tigers carved up Tennessee to the tune of 444 rushing yards in a blowout win on Saturday, 331 of which came from the gruesome twosome of quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason.
As a result, the Tigers leap-frogged Missouri and Clemson, jumping up from No. 9 to No. 7 in the rankings. Come season's end, that could play a pivotal role in determining BCS at-large bids.
Head coach Gus Malzahn, who has not been opposed to passing the ball in the past, has recognized his players' strengths and tailored a scheme around them. But he hasn't abandoned the passing game out of necessity.
"I still believe we can throw the football," Malzahn said, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN). "There's no doubt in my mind we can, but when you don't have to, you don't."
That confidence will be put to the test immediately, as both of Auburn's remaining opponents—Georgia and Alabama—are ranked in the BCS top 25, and the latter has won two consecutive national championships (in case you've been living under a rock).
Even if Auburn finds success on the ground, it will need to throw the ball successfully at some point in one or both of those games.