September 10, 2012

Collier: It's hard to imagine big turnaround

One of the oldest and most-repeated clichés in football insists that a team's greatest improvement comes between its first and second games. After seeing the comprehensive collapse of the 2012 Tigers on Saturday at Scott Field, Auburn fans have to be hoping that old saw is as out of date as the Notre Dame Box.

It's not hard to sum up just how bad Auburn was against Mississippi State: almost nothing went well at any point on either side of the ball.

The defense took a huge step backwards--and that was after giving up over 500 yards of offense to Clemson. The defensive tackles couldn't get off of blocks, the linebackers couldn't fill the gaps, and nobody on the team was able to cover any receiver on the field.

Worst of all, the tackling was dreadful across the board. State didn't need to have a great offensive game (they only converted one of 10 third downs) to walk away in the second half for an easy win. The Other Bulldogs stopped themselves more times than they were stopped by Auburn.

This also marked the second time in as many SEC games that an Auburn offense has failed to score a single touchdown. I have to admit, I never would have thought of answering complaints about problems in the red zone by only getting there twice.

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