Auburn Football 2010: Arkansas State, the Red Wolves Come Calling

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Auburn Football 2010: Arkansas State, the Red Wolves Come Calling
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With two weeks left before kickoff, there is a need to begin looking at the season's opponents. The first week brings the Arkansas Red Wolves to Jordan-Hare Stadium. They have a new offensive coordinator and offensive strategy this year.

In their latest scrimmage the new offense showed the ability to put the ball in the end zone. The defense made some big plays as well. They are hoping the new offensive strategy will lead to a more successful season in 2010.

With the new no huddle spread offense, the Red Wolves hope to spread the ball equally all over the football field. A balanced attack is the goal, using multiple points of attack to fatigue the opposing offense.

The strongest point for the Red Wolf offense is their receiving corps. Their offensive line is big and strong averaging over 300 pounds at most positions. They are also deep along the offensive line. Due to injuries in 2009 they have several experienced linemen.

The defense is a game winner for this team. They held such opponents as Iowa and Troy to a low enough point total to stay in the ball game. The offense simply could not get them over the top.

To take a look at this year’s matchup, we need to know how last season shaped up for these teams.

2009 Statistics Side-by-Side Auburn and Arkansas State

Statistic

Arkansas State 

Auburn

Total Defensive

Ranked 41

Ranked 68

Yards Allowed Per Game

340.5

374.08

 

 

 

Rushing Defense

Ranked 30

Ranked 78

Yards Allowed Per Game

122

156.08

 

 

 

Passing Defense

Ranked 60

Ranked 57

Yards Allowed Per Game

218.5

218

 

 

 

Scoring Defense

Ranked 45

Ranked 79

Points Allowed Per Game

23.25

27.54

 

 

 

Net Punting

Ranked 39

Ranked 64

Yards Per Punt

36.85

35.71

 

 

 

Sacks

Ranked 58

Ranked 46

Sacks Per Game

1.92

2.15

 

 

 

Tackles For a Loss

Ranked 63

Ranked 50

Per Game

5.58

5.92

 

 

 

Punt Returns

Ranked 63

Ranked 113

Yards Per Return

8.47

4.46

 

 

 

Kick Returns

Ranked 82

Ranked 27

Yards Per Return

20.83

23.7

 

 

 

Sacks Allowed

Ranked 96

Ranked 45

Per Game

2.58

1.62

 

 

 

Total Offense

Ranked 95

Ranked 16

Yards Per Game

328.83

431.77

 

 

 

Scoring Offense

Ranked 90

Ranked 17

Points Per Game

22.67

33.31

 

There were no common opponents for these two teams in 2009. Arkansas State played two Top 20 teams in 2009. They held Iowa and Nebraska to an average 31 points in those games. They are 30.5 point underdogs for the Auburn game this year.

The hope is that the no-huddle spread offense will give them the offensive punch to overcome a few more opponents and get to a bowl in 2010. They run a 4-3 defense that has been effective against some of the top teams in the nation.

Auburn comes into this game hoping to have improved across the board in Gene Chizik’s second season at the helm. Most early indicators predict a more effective offense and an improved defense for 2010. Auburn runs a tempo based, multiple set offense and a base 4-3 defense.

The Tigers will attempt to stall the new Red Wolf offense while they prove the consistency of their offense in 2010. This is no David verses Goliath scenario. Arkansas State feels they can step on the field with a good chance of winning. The Tigers might disagree with this. This is the first "Rumble in the Jungle" for the 2010 season.  

 

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