Well after two weeks the Tigers of Auburn are 2-0 with over 1,000 yards of total offense over 2 games. Proving that last weeks numbers against a WAC team were no fluke, the Tigers came out and hung nearly half a hundred on the Bulldog's of Mississippit St. For the 2nd week in a row Ben Tate and the freshman phenom Onterrio McCaleb went over the 100 yard mark. Mario Fanin could have made it 3 backs over a hundred but he only finished with around 75 yards on the ground. Chris Todd is trying to show his surgically repaired shoulder is fine with a couple of nice deep ball in this game. What concerns me is that once the team gets into the red zone they are pulling Chris Todd out and bringing in Kodi Burns to run the red zone offense. Burns hasn't dissappointed though as he had 3 rushing and 1 passing TD in this contest to go along with his rushing TD last week.
Coach Malzahn is making this offense unpredictable and as these guys get more and more familiar with the playbook the numbers are likely to improve because they still are not running the offense at the pace which Malzahn wants. The scarry part is that this team has only played two good 2nd halfs of football this year after so-so first halfs. What will the production be like once they can put in 60 minutes of good football? I can't wait to see.
The defense which has always been a staple of Auburn teams still has me a little concerned. They had yet another personal foul for face masking in this game which would be like their 5th or 6th one in two games. They seem to be playing to much of a bend but don't break philosophy which is fine if you are trying to protect a lead, but the rest of the time they need to pin their ears back and be aggresive in my book. On a good note junior college transfer Eltorro Freeman saw his first action of the year. He didn't play the whole game as the defensive coaches are trying to ease him back into playing time while hopefully not aggravating the injury that caused him to miss the opener and most of the preseason camp. On a positive note DE Antonio Coleman had a nice interception return for a TD so the news on the defensive side isn't too bad.
The Tigers get another measuring stick game this coming weekend with the Mountaineers of West Virginia coming to town. Last years game Auburn played really well in the first half, but the second half they totally self destructed and got blown out. So this game could show just how far they have come under the new coaching staff and could be a good confidence booster before they get Ball St the next week then kick off the rest of their conference games.