Auburn Football: Burning Questions To Contemplate With Clemson Coming

Kevin McGradySenior Writer ISeptember 16, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  A cheerleader for the Auburn Tigers peforms before the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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There are a few things for Auburn fans to contemplate going into Saturday’s game with Clemson. While none of these are critical, it does give one something to pass the time.

Ten Points to Ponder 

1. Auburn fans should wear Blue to the game Saturday instead of traditional Orange or White. Clemson uses those colors, so the blue will provide contrast.

2. The Auburn offense is set to return to its higher tempo operation this week.

3. Cameron Newton was the SEC offensive player of the week in week one. Nick Fairley was the SEC defensive player of the week in week two. What Tiger might be next to earning one of these honors? Possible suspects include, receiver Trovon Reed, running back Michael Dyer, defensive end Antoine Carter, middle linebacker Josh Bynes.

4. Clemson is a team that feels they can match up to Auburn in team speed. How will it affect Auburn to play a team with similar speed?

5. Clemson comes into this game having averaged five sacks and eight tackles for a loss in each of their two previous games. Can the Auburn offensive line win the battle of the trenches?

6. Clemson feels their defensive line will be able to shut down the run game. Can Auburn overcome this obstacle?

7. Two crucial special team’s errors allowed Mississippi State to hang around in last week’s game. Can Auburn special teams rise above those kinds of mistakes?


8. After two games, Clemson has one of the highest rated offensive lines. They are only giving up .5 sacks per game. Can the Auburn defensive line continue to provide pressure on the quarterback?

9. Auburn is currently ranked 15 in the only poll that counts. The Tigers have aspirations to climb higher. Can a big win over Clemson catapult them up in the polls?

10. Auburn plays Clemson this week and South Carolina in week four, can the Tigers sweep the state of South Carolina?

There are still more questions than answers surrounding the 2010 Auburn team. Fans are waiting for all the potential to come together in the same game. Both the team and staff are confident this can and will happen. Maybe this week is the time for Auburn to step out for 2010.

Ten Questions That Still Remain

 1. Will Lee Ziemba be able to perform well this week after his injury last week?

2. Will Mario Fannin be able to take on the load at running back after his shoulder injury last week?

3. Can Cameron Newton pass as well as he runs?

4. Can the defense play as well when the offensive tempo goes up this week?

5. Will fans finally see Trovon Reed on the playing field this week?

6. Is Ladarious Phillips ready to return and play after his ankle injury?

7. Is the defensive secondary ready to face an accurate passer?

8. Will Craig Stevens return to the field this week?

9. Will Gus Malzahn open the play book this week? 

10. Can the 2010 Auburn team be dominant when playing good teams? 

Please feel free to express your thoughts and comments going into Saturday.