It didn’t take long for Auburn fans to get mad and turn on coach Gus Malzahn.
The Tigers had a disastrous effort against Clemson this past Saturday. Auburn mustered just 117 yards of total offense and generated 6 points. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who was making his second start for the Tigers, was sacked 11 times.
In addition to Stidham, the Auburn offense is adjusting to new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who replaced Rhett Lashlee this past offseason. After the Clemson loss, Malzahn is already promising tweaks to the offense.
Malzahn has not fared well in previous SEC Country approval rating polls. He has finished near the bottom of every ranking and came in with a 70.9 rating in August. It was the first time he cracked 70 and the first ocassion he didn’t come in at either 13th or 14th.
Malzahn, who earned a salary of $4.7 million in 2016, is 35-18 overall and 18-14 in the SEC. The Tigers went 8-5 last season, which included an appearance in the Sugar Bowl. The Tigers also played both teams that appeared in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, losing to Clemson and Alabama.
Auburn takes on Mercer in Week 3, which is the perfect opponent for the Tigers at this point. The Tigers also get an easy first SEC game, as they take on Missouri on Sept. 23. Auburn brings a 1-1 season record into a 4 p.m. ET kickoff Saturday against Mercer. The game will be televised by SEC Network.
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The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.