A few advanced stat snapshots about the next game…
First, note that Mel and Kirby coaxed four sacks out of the defense in the Kentucky game. It seems the timing may be fortuitous.
Auburn’s offensive line hasn’t played well this season. Aside from pass protection issues as noted by Chad, the Tigers are also twelfth in the SEC in yards per rushing attempt against conference opponents.
One area where Auburn has excelled — it was mentioned during the broadcast of the game with TAMU — is in red zone defense.
I’m guessing this would not be a good week to go power formation on their one-yard line, but, then again, I’d rather score than impose will. Of course, the real solution to the Tigers’ red zone defensive prowess is simply to go around it.
The Dawgs also have that bend, but don’t break thing down pretty well, too.
Making an Auburn offense with a creaky line work its way down the field for every point it gets seems like a wise strategy.