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Making the most of the available talent in 2017

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StatTiger    552

When Sean White was healthy during 2016, the Auburn offense was able to put up some impressive numbers. Some will question this success by focusing on the level of competition. Obviously, ANY offense will have a greater level of success against weaker competition, but it is also important to place this success in context.

Auburn's national ranking in total offense against non-ranked opponents:

2016: 19th
2015: 86th
2014: 9th
2013: 21st
2012: 103rd
2011: 81st
2010: 5th
2009: 6th

Compared to 2011 and 2015, the 2016 Auburn offense was much better against non-ranked competition.The 2016 offense actually ranked higher than the 2013 offense. I am not advocating the 2016 offense was better than the 2013 version, but keeping things in perspective.

Auburn faces 5-6 weak defenses every year so 2016 should not be an exception to the rule. With this in mind, the 2016 offense generated three of the Top 10 best total-offensive performances in school history. Speaking of the most yardage gained during a game, Gus Malzahn's offense holds 15 of the Top 25 offensive performances at Auburn.

Looking around the SEC (2000-2017), Auburn holds three of the Top 15 total offensive performances and two of those three games occurred during 2016. Of the 2688 games played by SEC teams from 2000-2016, the 2016 Auburn offense had the 9th and 15th best performances.

The 2017 Auburn offense looks strong at the RB and WR positions and the QB situation looks as strong on "potential" as any Auburn offense since preseason 2004, regarding the available depth chart. Added to this potential is a new offensive coordinator who will likely limit Auburn's predictability factor. The 2016 Auburn offense proved there is talent available at the "skill" positions so it should be no surprise for the 2017 version to be better and perhaps more explosive.

Looking at the skill positions only, the 2017 Auburn roster has the highest number of 4-star talent available than any Auburn offense since recruiting rankings have been kept (2002).

Chip Lindsey's 2015 Southern Miss offense was No. 1 nationally in generating plays of 20-yards or more. His 2016 Arizona State got off to a strong start but injuries to the quarterback position hindered the offense last season.

 

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tigerwings    5

Stat, you mentioned star ratings, but how is the team looking on the players with 20/10 games starting experience rule you have run in the past.

Also, thank you for all the hard work!

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StatTiger    552
25 minutes ago, tigerwings said:

Stat, you mentioned star ratings, but how is the team looking on the players with 20/10 games starting experience rule you have run in the past.

Also, thank you for all the hard work!

Not as high as 2004, 2010 or 2013 but better than 2015 and 2016.

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3 hours ago, StatTiger said:

Not as high as 2004, 2010 or 2013 but better than 2015 and 2016.

Is it good enough to finally beat uga?

 

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