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?”