Pete Fiutak has one of the more curious defenses of Auburn’s 2011 season I’ve seen:
While 8-5 might seem like a dud of a campaign coming off a championship, the losses came to ACC champion Clemson, Arkansas, LSU and Georgia on the road and at home to Alabama. There might not have been five more forgivable losses in college football, even if all of them were ugly blowouts.
Spoken by someone who sounds like he didn’t watch a single one of those games. It’s one thing for Auburn to lose, even big; it’s another to look totally outclassed repeatedly. Yeah, those personnel losses were considerable, but still…
I’m not even sure I’d call the Clemson game a blowout. Auburn wound up gaining almost seven yards per play on offense, but the defense couldn’t get off the field (Clemson ran 92 plays to Auburn’s 63). But those other four? Man, Auburn stunk up the joint. Here’s the spread on average yards per play in those games:
- Arkansas: -1.41
- LSU: -2.38
- Georgia: -3.08
- Alabama: -4.29
That’s a pretty disturbing trend line if you’re Gene Chizik. As far as forgiveness goes, I don’t think Ted Roof received any.