Track ‘Em Tigers Fan Post – Can Auburn’s Offense Find Itself In The Coming Weeks?

By Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 in Member Post 4 Comments »

If every bet on sports is based on the defensive prowess of a team, those bets won’t always win. A case in point for the community of college football betting enthusiasts emerged on Sept. 22, when the Auburn Tigers played a brilliant defensive game… and still lost.

Auburn gave up only 10 offense-created points to the LSU Tigers (LSU scored a safety on defense early in the first quarter) but scored only 10 points of its own. The 12-10 defeat gave Auburn a nasty stomach punch on a night when it generally outplayed LSU and had so many chances to win.

Auburn seemed on the doorstep of success on several occasions in the second half. Trailing 12-10, the Plainsmen witnessed quarterback Kiehl Frazier drop back to pass with ample time in the pocket. Frazier had a handful of passes in which he had receivers open on deep-intermediate routes (beyond 18 yards). Auburn could have penetrated the LSU 35-yard line, getting into the Bayou Bengals’ final third of the field and making a field goal attempt entirely possible.

A field goal, after all, is all Auburn needed to take the lead. Just a few pass plays could have put coach Gene Chizik’s team in position to pull a huge upset of an LSU side that was ranked second in the country at kickoff time.

Yet, Frazier could not complete any of those passes. Usually, Frazier misfired, but in a few instances, an Auburn receiver dropped the ball. Auburn’s offense needs to be better –at both pitching and catching – if the Plainsmen want to win a bunch of games in October. The question is:

“Can Auburn’s offense actually get out of its own way?”

  1. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Good post Fred!

    Of course you asked the $64 million dollar question. And your right it hinges on the progress of Kiehl Frazier. I’m hoping that the two week break gave Loeffler some time to bring him around. We’ll see the results Saturday.

    BTW, Thanks for being the very first member to write a “Fan Post” – “Member Post” at the new TET site.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      Agree with, “It hinges on the progress of Kiehl Frazier.” But his receivers can do alot to help him. And your next to last paragraph is right on – Auburn might have been able to be in position to kick a game winning field goal if they could have completed a couple of passes. As Fred says in his post, we need to get better at both “pitching and catching.”

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Actually we came up a little short against Clemson and LSU Could well be 3-1 instead of 1-3. So I think Auburn’s offense will find itself. And hopefully its this Saturday.

    • Jay Coulter Jay Coulter says:

      I agree with everyone. I hate to put all the pressure on Frazier, but that’s where success or failure will be found. I keep thinking about Jason Campbell and how bad he was during his first two seasons. Will Frazier take the same route? It’s hard to say, but I don’t see it happening this year.