Auburn is currently putting itself through the wringer.
After a hot start at home, the Tigers fell on the road 28-20 against now No. 4 Penn State. This past Saturday, Auburn needed a come-from-behind win sparked by backup quarterback TJ Finley to beat Georgia State.
This week Auburn fired their receivers coach and a quarterback controversy is beginning to brew. Not only are there plenty of off-the-field distractions for Auburn, but the Tigers still need to figure out how to adjust after giving up over 200 yards rushing and 24 points to Georgia State in the first half.
Here’s a breakdown of Auburn by each position group.
As an entire unit, Auburn is averaging 227.2 passing yards per game (eighth in the SEC). Neither Nix nor Finley have thrown an interception this season, but they haven’t been explosive either. Whoever starts for Auburn won’t blow the doors off of this LSU defense.
Running Back: A
The combination of Tank Bigsby (403 yards, four touchdowns) and Jarquez Hunter (382 yards, 2 touchdowns) is lethal. Unlike against Mississippi State, LSU will most likely opt for more down lineman against Auburn this weekend.
Wide Receivers: C
Auburn’s receiving core has been incredibly inconsistent this season. The Tigers lack a true deep threat at the position. Kobe Hudson (197 yards receiving, one touchdown) and Shedrick Jackson (166 yards, one touchdown) lead the way, but after firing their receivers coach I can’t imagine things are going to click immediately for this group.
Offensive Line: B
Auburn’s offensive line was an area of concern last season, but with five seniors on the line this year, the Tigers have been able to hold the point of attack up front. Both pass blocking and run blocking have been just fine so far this season.
Defensive Line: C+
Auburn’s defensive line has been a mixed bag. While the Tigers have been solid at stopping the run, they gave up over 200 yards rushing this last weekend to Georgia State. The pass rush has not been particularly impressive either. That was on full display against Penn State.
Chandler Wooten (32 tackles), Zakoby McClain (23 tackles), and Owen Pappoe (15 tackles) from a strong trio at the linebacker spot for Auburn.
Defensive Backs: C-
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