Auburn, “a place of football oddities”

Here’s a good piece from David Wunderlich about how Gus and Boom aren’t exactly what we expect.  To wit,

… There is just one potential worry spot, though. Muschamp has done his best work in battling spread schemes. There have been a few exceptions here and there, but that’s his calling card. AU was 2-0 against Urban Meyer during Muschamp’s DC stint in 2006-07, his Texas defenses were all great (though less great in a rebuilding 2010) while facing almost exclusively spread offenses in the Big 12, and he shut down Johnny Manziel in the second half of a win over A&M in 2012.

Oddly, he’s not been as great at stopping more traditional offenses despite being a Nick Saban disciple. If you look at the highest yards per play allowed against FBS competition in his time at Florida, you find Alabama at No. 1 (2014) and No. 11 (2011), 2013 Florida State second, LSU at third (2011) and tenth (2013), and Georgia at fifth (2013) and sixth (2014). Mark Richt has been a particular thorn in his side, dropping 37 and 45 points, respectively, on his 2006-07 Auburn defenses.

That’s not to say that Muschamp was a bad hire for Auburn, but he’s going to be facing Alabama, LSU, and Georgia every year. You can add Arkansas and its paleolithic offense to that list as well. The marriage of Malzahn and Muschamp will almost certainly prove to be a wildly successful one, but it’s going to take both of them at times to keep the wins coming in.

Auburn has a formerly pass happy guy now known for the run and a Saban acolyte who stops the spread but isn’t as good against the pro set…

All worth considering.  But you know there’s one consistency about Auburn that nobody’s really talking about – the Tigers’ tend not to live up to high preseason expectations.  I’ll be curious to see if Gus manages to rise above Auburn’s lofty top ten rankings in 2015.

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28 responses to “Auburn, “a place of football oddities”

  1. If Boom performs his mission, his marriage to Malzahn will be as successful as Tuberville’s marriage to Tony Franklin

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    • Bulldog Joe

      “Ground Control to Major Tom”
      “Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong”
      “Can you hear me, Major Tom?”

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  2. Analytics don’t support a banner season for Auburn. They are the only Top 10 team replacing their leading passer, top 2 leading rushers, and top 2 receivers from the previous season. They have will have new defense and are counting on being better due to a player returning from an ACL, a freshman recruit and some transfers. Top it off with a difficult schedule on the front and back ends.

    Oh yeah since they hired Pat Dye, Auburn Head Coaches have lost 4, 4, 5 and 5 games in their third season.

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    • Mayor

      Auburn HCs have also all lost their jobs, including Dye. Auburn HCs usually last about 4-5 seasons. Look at Cheats-at-it, he won ’em a BCSNC and was gone in 4 seasons. Gus is similar in that his first season as HC he got the PlainsTigers into the BCSNCG, which they lost. Gus has a couple more years to go, then he’ll be gone, too.

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    • Analytics….the word just chaps my ass. Don’t know why but it does.

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  3. JCDAWG83

    Until Auburn finds another felon who has been kicked off of another SEC team to plug in at qb, they will not win big. This is the Auburn model for success.

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  4. Jeff Sanchez

    “Well, ain’t this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!”

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  5. CannonDawg

    Boom may be good as a DC, but he’s only one among several good DCs in the SEC. Malzahn has depleted his career allotment of good fortune, so, like last season, his true coaching skills are on display. Again, being a good coach in the SEC is not necessarily a differentiator. Their schedule is plenty enough challenging. Nine or ten wins may keep the fambly happy, but eight or less might convince the regime that (gasp) the time for cheating has arrived and . . . oh wait! They’re Auburn.

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  6. Billy Mumphrey

    Has Boom ever been paired with a spread offense? I wonder if that will be a challenge for him in regards to his units level of rest.

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    • ASEF

      Texas. B12 is a spread league. It’s the HUNH part that I wonder if Boom can handle. That O puts pressure on both Ds.

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      • Billy Mumphrey

        I think I was using those terms interchangeably. You are right though, spread does not always = HUNH

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      • Will (The Other One)

        And at the time, I don’t recall too many Texas fans bemoaning his absence when he took the UF job.

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  7. Dawg in Beaumont

    I do think Auburn will be a good team (9-3 regular season), but has there ever been a team that consistently showed up in the preseason top 10 polls (as Auburn has this summer) despite being on a four game losing streak against 1-A teams?

    Obviously it’s a new season, and they got a new DC, but if this has ever happened in the past twenty years I’d be surprised.

    I’ve seen almost no one mention it, but it’s been a long time since they won a game against a team not named Samford.

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  8. Dog in Fla

    @Bulldog Joe August 24, 2015 at 11:33 AM
    “Ground Control to Major Tom”
    “Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong”
    “Can you hear me, Major Tom?”

    It’s got a good beat and you can dance to it

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  9. Spike

    It was so sweet watching those lucky bastards implode in the Texas A&M and Alabama games last year. Sweet indeed.

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  10. AceDawg

    Gus has been overrated so far. 8-5 last year, and lots of luck the first year to make the title game. For me, he comes across as the most unlikeable coach in all of the SEC. Watch his ego exude from his skin during games. Saban could be unlikeable, but he’s largely boring, so only his success is unlikeable. Spurrier is unlikeable, but he really isn’t. He’s such a fun guy to hate that he makes the world better. Les Miles’ lack of ethics makes him unlikeable, but it’s not like he has a leg up on Auburn in that regard…

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  11. To hear Barn fans tell it- players leave other schools to excel and play for championships at auburn, not just win 10 games. So, we should stop being sour grapes.

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  12. Uglydawg

    The Auburn coaching staff is going to go “BooM!” over a conflict of intrests. Muschamp will use too many timeouts on Defense, leaving the offense without one when needed on a late drive. Gus will have blood coming out of his eyes and wherever else a coach bleeds():).

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  13. Steve

    Let’s just hope Bobby Petrino can call a game better than he can steer a motorcycle while a giraffe humps his wallet.

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  14. ClydeBoogie

    Guys….Guys…. Y” are already in mid-season form. Damn if these comments aren’t funny as hell

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  15. ClydeBoogie

    Y’all are sheesh.

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