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What Was the Real Reason for Auburn’s Breakout Performance on Offense?

By on September 25th, 2017 in Football 14 Comments »

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and the Auburn sideline celebrate one of six touchdowns against Missouri , Sept. 23, 2017 at Faurot Field in Columbia (photo: Julie Bennett/

Auburn’s victory over Missouri Saturday was a welcome sight for Tiger fans. While the Mizzou Tigers are not a good team they do have some good players, particularly on the defensive front. Yet Auburn ran up close to 500 yards of offense evenly split between the run game and the passing game. Make no mistake, anytime you can go on the road and beat an SEC team like that in its home stadium, it’s a big win.

The decisive win puts the Tigers in a good position heading into a big match up this weekend with Mississippi State. At 3–1 with their single defeat being an eight-point loss to the defending national champions, the Tigers now have that all-important sports attribute on their side—momentum.

However, going into the Missouri game Auburn’s fans were naturally concerned after the team had some struggles in its last two contests.

What could be the reason for the sudden turnaround? 

For three weeks Tiger fans debated why the offense couldn’t seem to play up to preseason expectations. There have been no shortage of suggestions coming from the fan base.

Some cited wide receivers not getting separation from defensive backs, others opined that quarterback Jarrett Stidham held the ball too long, still others pointed to issues with the offensive line. And finally, some thought it would take a few games to get the team acclimated to the new schemes of offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.

But after watching the Tigers dismantle Mizzou Saturday my wife pointed out what may have been the real reason. She noticed right off the bat that head coach Gus Malzahn was dressed differently. Gone was the traditional sweater vest—replaced by an orange stripe polo shirt. At first I laughed, but then I thought her supposition carries as much weight as all the other suggestions from fans except for one thing … Auburn won this one 51–14.

So please Gus, ditch the sweater vest and take Auburn all the way to Atlanta!

War Eagle!


  1. audude audude says:

    We’ll stated ATM. It’s not like sports fans are superstitious or anything.


  2. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Hey, if that is what it takes then I’m good with it!!

    And we were there and didn’t even notice the different attire.


  3. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I noted the visor is back this year, despite the bald patch. But he wore that at the Clemson game too, so it may not be the ticket.

    And here I was thinking it was additional work by the receivers to find separation or Chip to put them into seams of the defensive. Still would like to see more throws to the tight end – Canella is an unused asset who I think could be something special, especially underneath with an aggressive pass rush.

  4. hello2196 says:

    The title hooked me into reading this post and then I wondered “Are you serious Clark?”

  5. SEC_Eric SEC_Eric says:

    I was one of the fans questioning the Offensive line. I think the O-Line was better Saturday but still needs improvement.

  6. smithratl says:

    Your wife’s point may be far deeper! Dressing “with” the team promotes TEAMWORK, rather than individualism and personal identity. We should not underestimate the synergistic power in motivating team effort!

  7. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Well, AU didn’t make too much of an impression…Ole Miss game time announced for 11:00 CT… Just damn,,,

  8. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Not good for me, either. I work a 14-hour shift, Friday night. Do I take a two-hour power-nap Saturday morning and risk missing the kickoff?

  9. almightytmc says:

    I am still not sold on this offensive performance. Isn’t Mizzou the same team that allowed Missouri state 40+ points? Granted it’s a move in the right direction. But doesn’t anyone else think Mercer could have gut punched Mizzou too?