Sunday, September 28, 2008

Auburn vs. Tennessee Wrap Up

As kids, we all learned that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

That may be why it took so long for me to complete a post on this game.

I could say a win is a win, but I said that after the Mississippi State game. Still, compared to what happened vs. LSU, it definitely beats losing.

However, our offense looked pathetic. There’s no sugarcoating it. We produced 226 yards in total offense, the worst output by far this year. I feel like I’ve time warped back to 2003 and am watching Hugh Nall try to run Bobby Petrino’s offense. Nall was uncomfortable doing so. Now we’ve got Tony Franklin trying to run the spread, without having the right players to run the spread. We look uncomfortable now.

I raised the question when I previewed this game about out lack of playmaker receivers since 2004 (actually 2005, as we still had Aromashodu). The broadcasters for this game brought up the same thing. Auburn switched to the spread as a way to recruit athletes of this type. Apparently, we are seeing some success in recruiting in this area.

Are there any positives? The following should be noted:

=> We still have the number one defense in the nation on 3rd down conversions. This is great, as our offense ranks dead last in the SEC in the same category.
=> We’re 4-1 and only a play away from being 5-0. (Granted, we were one play away from being in last year’s SEC Championship Game as well as one play away from losing to Mississippi State.) => When we needed to make a first down to seal the game, Kodi was able to come through for us. If we’d been willing to use him the LSU game, we might have succeeded there.
=> Durst is over the flu and back handling the punting. Now, if we could only figure out what’s bugging Wes Byrum.
=> Honestly, that’s about it. The only other thing I can think of is that I survived both LSU and Tennessee without drinking a beer.

Congratulations to Ole Miss, who became the second team to defeat Urban Meyer in The Swamp. Condolences to Georgia and the defeat they suffered against Alabama. The Crimson Kool-Aid drinkers are about to take being a redneck to an unimagined level…and that’s a scary thought. However, given that Alabama destroyed Tennessee last season and Tennessee did the same to UGA, maybe the two teams were just cutting out the middleman. Condolences also to Wake Forest, my grad school, who unexpectedly took it on the chin from Navy.

There are three undefeated teams left in the SEC. Two of them are on our schedule. We play one of them this coming weekend.

War Eagle!!


Anonymous said...

Walt, good to see you come away with the win vs. TN, always happy to see them go down.

AUB's defense gets to the ball in a hurry, it's going to be an interesting tilt in Nashville.

Jerry said...

I am pumped. LOLZ! I am surrounded by Dawgs and Vols, and you should have heard all the crying that went on today.

This was a great weekend and a very satisfactory Monday.

TN is not doing so hot. I can tell because I'm used to hearing all the nonsense chatter about how good the coach is, or SEC history when the Vols...blah blah blah. The only thing I've been hearing a couple of weeks now is the A/C blowing in the vents. AHAHAHAHA!

War EAGLE!! and Roll Tide.

Can't wait to read your insight into next week's game against Vandy.

Jerry said...

Jason, no doubt that Auburns defense is dangerous. Offense is another matter, but with time comes improvement?

God, let us beat GA on Nov 15th!!!

Walt Mussell said...

Jason and Jerry, thanks for dropping by and your comments. Should have my thoughts up on the Vandy game within 12 hours.