NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Congrats to Auburn
January 11, 2011, 04:14 AM
Congrats to their fans.. to War Eagle, Jordan-Hare, Toomer's Corner (with way too much toilet paper in 1 place) and to everything else that makes college football what it is.

Auburn came into the season ranked around 20th in the nation.
Their HC, OC, and DC were all in just their 2nd year.

They fought and clawed their way thru a very tough schedule.

In the end, they beat the other best team in the nation.

They stopped Oregon - when Oregon looked unstoppable.
They out-coached Kelly when Kelly looked un-out-coachable.

It was close, but the Tigers were better than the Ducks on this particular day.
And that is something that can never be taken away from them.
January 11, 2011  06:44 AM ET

Nice post CR.

Auburn improved as the season went along and found ways to win in various circumstances, using their strengths to overcome or limit their weaknesses.

Oregon was a worthy adversary for the BCS title game and should remain a power on the national stage for the forseeable future.

January 11, 2011  07:17 AM ET

Here is to two of the only undefeated teams in the FBS!!!!!

Auburn and TCU

Great years for both of them.

January 11, 2011  08:05 AM ET

Very enjoyable game. Congrats Tigers & Fans!

Nothing to hang your head about, Oregon. It was a great effort, AU was just slightly better last night.

January 11, 2011  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE:

They out-coached Kelly when Kelly looked un-out-coachable.

I thought Kelly out-coached Chizik. Fortunately for Auburn the superior O- and D-line made up the difference, and then some. Kelly did a great job adjusting to use the tools that were working for him. He out-foxed Auburn on several occasions. Maehl was Oregon's best offensive weapon last night; unfortunately Thomas couldn't match him.

Auburn wasn't able to put the game away when they could have and that's on Chizik because he kept going to Newton, who wasn't up to par. Newton was throwing well but the more Chizik asked him to run, the more he winced and the less accurate he got.

January 11, 2011  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I thought Kelly out-coached Chizik. Fortunately for Auburn the superior O- and D-line made up the difference, and then some. Kelly did a great job adjusting to use the tools that were working for him. He out-foxed Auburn on several occasions. Maehl was Oregon's best offensive weapon last night; unfortunately Thomas couldn't match him. Auburn wasn't able to put the game away when they could have and that's on Chizik because he kept going to Newton, who wasn't up to par. Newton was throwing well but the more Chizik asked him to run, the more he winced and the less accurate he got.

Spot on assessment of the game, the players, and the coaching, imo.

January 11, 2011  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Spot on assessment of the game, the players, and the coaching, imo.

I think Kelly was a little conservative when he was inside the 3 yard line, otherwise a great game. I would still like to see a playoff and hopefully we will!

January 11, 2011  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I thought Kelly out-coached Chizik. Fortunately for Auburn the superior O- and D-line made up the difference, and then some. Kelly did a great job adjusting to use the tools that were working for him. He out-foxed Auburn on several occasions. Maehl was Oregon's best offensive weapon last night; unfortunately Thomas couldn't match him. Auburn wasn't able to put the game away when they could have and that's on Chizik because he kept going to Newton, who wasn't up to par. Newton was throwing well but the more Chizik asked him to run, the more he winced and the less accurate he got.

gotta call BS on this one. i think the coaching was pretty equal on both sides with possibly the edge going to Auburn because of their rush defense. Oregon came in averaging 231 yards and were 6th in the nation rushing. Auburn held them to 75 yards. kelly did adjust to this and thomas had a great day passing but they failed to capitalize on it. twice in the red zone without points is all on the coach especially when FG's would have made a big difference in this game.

Additionally, both teams want to run 80 plays on offense and believe if they do, they'll win. Auburn ran 85 and Oregon ran 73. i would guess most people would have said it was going to be the other way around.

January 11, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

gotta call BS on this one. i think the coaching was pretty equal on both sides with possibly the edge going to Auburn because of their rush defense. Oregon came in averaging 231 yards and were 6th in the nation rushing. Auburn held them to 75 yards. kelly did adjust to this and thomas had a great day passing but they failed to capitalize on it. twice in the red zone without points is all on the coach especially when FG's would have made a big difference in this game.Additionally, both teams want to run 80 plays on offense and believe if they do, they'll win. Auburn ran 85 and Oregon ran 73. i would guess most people would have said it was going to be the other way around.

It isn't easy to assess game day coaching. I felt it was personnel on the line of scrimmage that made the difference more than coaching.

I thought Kelly had to jump through hoops trying to figure out his next move once he realized both his lines were being dominated. I thought he did a great job at keeping the game close.

January 11, 2011  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

It isn't easy to assess game day coaching. I felt it was personnel on the line of scrimmage that made the difference more than coaching. I thought Kelly had to jump through hoops trying to figure out his next move once he realized both his lines were being dominated. I thought he did a great job at keeping the game close.

don't disagree but i think he also made some huge errors. auburn's coaching didn't necessarily stand out but to say kelly out-coached chizik doesn't really seem like a fair statement.

January 11, 2011  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

don't disagree but i think he also made some huge errors. auburn's coaching didn't necessarily stand out but to say kelly out-coached chizik doesn't really seem like a fair statement.

I'll agree it was close and that both coached a good game. Probably just for the sake of argument, I felt Kelly did a superior job with less resources.

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January 11, 2011  11:40 AM ET

But agree with you it probably isn't fair to assert he outcoached Chizik.

January 11, 2011  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'll agree it was close and that both coached a good game. Probably just for the sake of argument, I felt Kelly did a superior job with less resources.

fair enough. but i will say this. Auburn played a few freshmen on defense last night who didn't play all that much during the season. it takes a lot of guts for coaches to do this in the NCG.

January 11, 2011  11:47 AM ET

Chizik showed no offensive versatility. All he knew was to lean on his star, but his star was not himself. Newton was throwing well but needed to be protected from contact to make the most of what he was last night. A coach has to be able adapt to the effectiveness of his weapons and Chizik did not do this with Newton.

January 11, 2011  12:06 PM ET

The safety, the goal line stand in the 3rd quarter and the overall stifling of LaMichaeal James was the difference in this game, IMO. I'd say both the players and the coaching staff deserve the credit.

January 11, 2011  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Chizik showed no offensive versatility. All he knew was to lean on his star, but his star was not himself. Newton was throwing well but needed to be protected from contact to make the most of what he was last night. A coach has to be able adapt to the effectiveness of his weapons and Chizik did not do this with Newton.

i think this is a fair statement until you look at the numbers. auburn had 519 yards of offense. 254 yards rushing (M. Dyer had 143 of those). cam was 20-34 with 265 yards passing, 2 TD's, and 1 INT and had 64 yards rushing. not bad numbers even though his performance looked lackluster. plus, he made 2 bad throws (which the defense had no impact on). both would have been TD's. had those passes been completed, auburn's offensive game calling wouldn't be brought into question.

of course i'm biased, but i think Auburn proved last night that they aren't a 1 man team. obviously, they wouldn't have made it to the NCG without Cam but they are a much more complete team than people give them credit for.

January 11, 2011  12:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

i think Auburn proved last night that they aren't a 1 man team. obviously, they wouldn't have made it to the NCG without Cam but they are a much more complete team than people give them credit for.

EXACTLY!!! Auburn won BECAUSE they are more than Cam Newton. The rushing stats show that the line was superior and Dyer had a great game. But Auburn would have been able to put the game AWAY had the coaching adapted better to Newton's performance. He wasn't running well and then his passing game suffered because coaching failed to notice he needed to be protected from contact last night. Failure to put the game away is on the coaches. Dyer and the line saved them.

 
January 11, 2011  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

EXACTLY!!! Auburn won BECAUSE they are more than Cam Newton. The rushing stats show that the line was superior and Dyer had a great game. But Auburn would have been able to put the game AWAY had the coaching adapted better to Newton's performance. He wasn't running well and then his passing game suffered because coaching failed to notice he needed to be protected from contact last night. Failure to put the game away is on the coaches. Dyer and the line saved them.

I hear what you're saying and I agree that it felt that way watching it but look at the numbers without those 2 bad passes - 62.5% for 265 yards and 2 TD's. The 2 bad throws were excellent play calls. That is to say the receivers were wide open for TD's. And Cam had protection on those plays. I just don't think it's fair to say Chizik and Malzahn had a bad game plan and didn't execute it well when you end up with 519 yards of offense and the 2 blown plays were on the player, not the coaches.

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