One of the tougher games for me to pick in this week’s Fabris Pool is Auburn-Miss. State. In a way, it’s a little surprising, because my hesitation stems from how poorly both offenses have played, MSU since it got into conference play and Auburn for much of the season.
Now that I’ve seen them play, the Bulldogs’ problem is obvious: Fitzgerald hasn’t progressed as a passer, so making them one-dimensional pretty much shuts them down.
Auburn’s struggles on offense are more widespread, as Bill Connelly explains.
Auburn’s rebuilt line has not gained traction, and the Tigers’ running back corps, rebuilt around junior Kam Martin and a couple of freshmen (Boobie Whitlow and Shaun Shivers), hasn’t taken full advantage of chances it has had. On top of all this, Stidham is holding onto the ball too long in the face of a happy pass rush.
How bad is it for AU? Freshman kicker Anders Carlson has already been asked to attempt six field goals of 50 yards or longer. He’s made one.
That isn’t… um… good.
It’s not like I’m expecting a rerun of the 3-2 debacle from a decade ago Bill references, but I do think, barring a turnover run, points are going to be hard to come by.