Auburn Football: News and Analysis from the Tigers' Week 1 Game vs. Utah State

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Zac Etheridge #4 and Demond Washington #14 of the Auburn Tigers celebrate against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Auburn Tigers narrowly escaped the Utah State Aggies in an opening game thriller that came down to the wire. Auburn certainly didn't look like a team that was starting their National Championship defense. Cam Newton is gone and Barrett Trotter is the new face of the Tigers. He came out pass happy, completing 17 of 23 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns.

Trotter played great in clutch situations and showed poise in the pocket. The Auburn defense, however, didn't play up to their potential. They gave up 215 total yards on the ground and 234 yards through the air. They gave up all five of Utah State's touchdowns on the ground.

If this is a sign of things to come, Auburn is in a world of hurt. They haven't even started their SEC schedule and already they are struggling against a WAC team.

While Trotter showed plenty of potential, running back Michael Dyer had just 57 yards rushing on 14 carries. Dyer did chip in two touchdown scores, but as a player who showed so much potential last year, he didn't exactly set the world on fire in his first game.

Auburn struggled, plain and simple, and they will surely take a lot from this game. They will see their mistakes on the film and will do their best to fix them, but this is a young team that will need to grow up fast. There was plenty of offseason talk about them being a team that can still compete in the SEC, but if the game against Utah State is any indication, they have a long ways to go.