Not that I saw anything different watching the game live, but this Ian Boyd post makes it abundantly clear that it wasn’t scheme that did in Georgia’s offense, just plain old crappy execution in every phase of the game, particularly blocking.
Here’s the worrisome part:
In a rematch with Georgia, it’s hard to see many of the dynamics changing up front. In Round 1, Auburn simply outclassed a younger squad of big men.
To generate offense against Auburn requires dropping back and making the linebackers worry about covering routes in the middle or attacking the cornerbacks down the sidelines, when they’re isolated by coverages that involve the safeties in the run game. The Tigers tend to play things pretty basic and rely on strength and athleticism, and while they occasionally present an enticing target for a run, it’s hard to beat their big DL or speedy secondary.
The Tigers play fast in basic schemes and always know what they’re about. You’re either going to outexecute them up front and hope their safeties don’t clean things up, or you outexecute them down the field in the passing game.
In the event of a rematch, even assuming Georgia’s head is in the game, if the lines don’t play better, the Dawgs won’t win.