For Auburn fans, the time is finally drawing near.
The media is over run with misinformation and myths about Auburn and Oregon. After waiting and collecting every tidbit of information available on the preparation for this game, it is time to share some information.
Few Auburn fans were concerned with physical conditioning, but some uneducated or misinformed media types predicted this to be a problem. To prepare for this game the Auburn scout team has pushed the tempo well past any possible on the game field.
There has been no real information on the play count, but it has been well in excess of the speed that Oregon has ever operated in a game. The players not participating in the play were often engaged in cardio training on the sideline while waiting to rotate in. There is no chance that any game pace will surprise the Auburn defense.
The Auburn offense started bowl preparation with a practice that showed negative effects of the time off. Since that time, they have steadily progressed back into and beyond the efficient execution Auburn fans last witnessed in the SEC Championship game.
Win or lose, Auburn fans can expect the best effort from their team. This is not a team that will show up intimidated or ill prepared. The many rumors of doom for the team are simply false.
Cameron Newton has continued to progress and improve. The extra practice time and off time has given him time to heal and work on more efficient execution. It is possible that he might have a bad day, but a bad day of the current Cameron Newton is better than a great day for the Cameron Newton that started the year.
Oregon is a team in excellent cardiovascular condition, but they are not immune to the type of physical wear and tear that they will face in this game. In games where this Oregon team faced a somewhat physically dominant offense, their defense broke down to a large degree. Their physical conditioning program does not offer a solution to this aspect of the upcoming game.
Oregon has not faced an offense as physical as that of Auburn. While Stanford was a physical offense, they lacked the offensive depth and speed necessary to take advantage of the slowing Oregon defense in the final two quarters of that game.
Auburn has done an exceptional job of preparing for anything Oregon has executed on the field in the last two years. They are as prepared on defense as they can be for what is ahead.
The unknown is the preparation by the Oregon team. The Oregon staff made the assessment that Oregon would be best served by adding some new wrinkles for this game. By many accounts, they spent an entire week putting in some new surprises for this occasion.
Fans can expect Oregon to come out crisp and refreshed. They will not be conservative and shall attack from the first play. They will execute some plays that are unexpected and will take some risk in an attempt to pull ahead early. There could be some very big plays early in this game if these plans work.
The Auburn offense is executing as well or better than it has all season. It is unlikely that fans will see anything that they have not previously witnessed this season. Auburn will come out and attack with power and precision. It is very likely that the scheme will be balanced in nature.
Auburn fans should now realize that the schedule faced this year might not have been as difficult as some imagined. After watching South Carolina’s poor performance against Florida State and Georgia’s pathetic performance against Central Florida, it should be apparent that some teams on the schedule were well over rated.
Oregon fans should now realize exactly how good the defenses Auburn has faced have been. Both Florida State and Central Florida were held well below their seasonal offense output in these games. Auburn had few offensive problems with either team.
Auburn fans should realize that Oregon’s defense held Washington to 263 total yards late in the season. This was the same Washington team that just put up 340 yards in a dominant defeat of Nebraska. Nebraska was ranked 10 in total defense in the nation this year.
Interesting Statistics Side by Side
(Season Totals for Both Teams 13 games for Auburn, 12 games for Oregon)
Yards Gained Per Attempt
Pass Plays Defended Total
Pass Completions Allowed
Completion Percentage Allowed
Passing Yards Allowed
Yards Allowed Per Attempt
Passing Touchdowns Allowed
Yards Per Attempt Rushing
Rushing Attempts Defended
Total Rushing Yards Allowed
Yards Allowed Per Play
Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
Total Offensive Plays
Total Offensive Yards
Average Yards Per Play
Punt Returns Total Plays
Punt Returns Average
Punt Returns Touchdowns
Punt Returns Total Yards
Punt Returns Allowed
Punt Return Yardage Allowed Total
Punt Return Touchdowns Allowed Total
Average Return Allowed
Kick Returns Total
Kick Returns Yardage Total
Average Per Return
Total Kick Returns Defended
Kick Return Yards Allowed
Average Return Allowed
Penalties Total Yards
Third Down Conversions
Third Down Totals
Third Down Conversion Percentage Successful
Third Down Conversions Allowed
Third Downs Defended
Percentage Successfully Defended
Tackles For Loss
Tackles For Loss Allowed
First Downs Gained
First Downs Allowed
Time of Possession
Red Zone Offense Percentage
Red Zone Pass Touchdowns
Red Zone Rush Touchdowns
Red Zone Field Goals
Red Zone Passing Touchdowns Allowed
Red Zone Rushing Touchdowns Allowed
Red Zone Field Goals Allowed
Field Goals Total
Field Goals Allowed
Fourth Down Conversion Percentage
Fourth Down Conversion Percentage Allowed.
It is likely fans of both teams will be surprised at how closely matched they are statistically. So much has been hyped on certain perceived advantages. There is nothing in the statistics that points to any huge advantage in any area.
Auburn has been maligned for their poor pass defense though they have allowed only two more passing touchdowns in 13 games than Oregon has in 12 games. Although Auburn’s rushing defense has been hyped as better, it has allowed five more touchdowns in 13 games than Oregon’s has in 12.
Hopefully this article and this previous article dealing with a comparison of the two teams against quality competition will provide fans with a good general knowledge base going into this game.