Dual-Threat Rigby 7,086 Posted October 5, 2014 Share Posted October 5, 2014 I think I've built something of a negative reputation through this season, so I felt like I'd share all my positiveity in one fell swoop. These observations will probably progress along with the season, so don't get too mad. 1. Auburn will most likely have the best red zone defense in the SEC. We made LSU look like they forget how to play football when they came to the 20 yard line. One TD they got was nice, but since then they went to the red zone twice and was shut down twice. 2. Nick Marshall has earned the benefit of the doubt in ways that I haven't imagined. I give him this because he hasn't played a game yet this season that featured offensive ineptitude based off of him. Whether it be drops, Malzahn's playcalling/stubbornness, or this relatively bad offensive line. He's balled out today, and if he got the benefit of the 3rd quarter, he more than likely would've had his first 400 yard game as an Auburn QB. 3. Malzahn may never call a good third quarter as an Auburn head coach. There's nothing else to say here. He hasn't called one yet and he's in his second season. I don't particularly remember the specifics of the third quarter under 2010, but the Iron Bowl that year was the greatest second half I've ever seen. What happened to that? There's conservatism and then there's what he's doing. 4. As this season progresses, Duke and Sammie might become the best WR duo in the NCAA. If Duke gets a bit more seperation on one particular lob to the end zone, both him and Sammie have a TD for the first time, and both have over 60 yards receiving. Over time, this will become a vaunted duo, whether Marshall continues progressing or not. 5. Don't expect 3000 yards running, I believe just over 1000 yards through 6 games will tell you that. I figure theoretically if Auburn could perform this well for an entire 4 quarters it's more than possible, but we will definitely be playing better rush defenses than LSU. 6. This OLine combination has been their best of the season so far. There wasn't much running lanes to be had, but there's definitely been more than the past few games, and the pass blkcking was pretty good. Hopefully, the return of Miller helps out a bit. 7. This is the best defense we've fielded since at least 2007, and I understand we haven't played Miss State, OM, Alabama, TAMU yet, I understand that, but since the Chizik days, I haven't seen us do this good on the SCOREBOARD in a while. 8. Trovon will be our most draftable DB in quite a bit of time. For the most part, he knows how to ride the line of PI, a trait many NFL teams have been looking for since Seattle's secondary has risen. He has ball hawking skills and is decent at covering. Can't wait to see how his stock goes. 9. With this performance, I believe a College Football Playoff spot should be expected. The schedule is navigatable, and on paper the hardest tests we encounter will be Ole Miss and Mississippi State, two top 5 caliber teams. It seems Auburn could even survive with a 2008 LSU 10-2 season. 10 (last but not least) Auburn held back the playcalling to some extent the first few weeks. The particular drive where Jeremy threw his only pass revealed that Malzahn isn't like most spread coaches where he doesn't have a big backlog of plays. While we didn't see too much more additions to the base playcalling, we saw enough to make me think that Malzahn will be able to call on an elite level and not just depend on physical dominance up front like 2013. And that's all, sorry for the length. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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