Will this be the week Auburn’s offense breaks through?
Auburn scored just nine points last Saturday against Mississippi State, but this weekend’s matchup against San Jose State provides the perfect opportunity for Auburn’s offense to break through.
Despite the low point total from Saturday’s game, coach Gus Malzahn said on Monday that he felt his offense was in rhythm for the first time all season. Auburn should be able to build on that rhythm this Saturday against an atrocious defensive team.
“We’ve got to find a way to generate some explosive plays, regardless of what (opposing defenses) are doing,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee told reporters on Wednesday.
Lashlee mentioned that San Jose State is a better team defensively than last season, when Auburn scored 59 points against them in a blowout win. However, the statistics say Auburn should have success against the Spartans again.
The San Jose State defense has given up an average of 27 points per game this season. The Spartans also rank 118th out of 128 FBS teams in rush defense giving up 236.3 yards per game. The Tigers are coming off their best rushing game of the season with 201 yards against Mississippi State.
Auburn came away with six points in four red zone trips against Mississippi State, but the numbers indicate that Auburn should be more successful in the red zone against San Jose State. Through four games, the Spartans’ opponents have come away with nine touchdowns in 11 red zone trips.
Auburn’s offense has failed to live up to last year’s success, but last week’s game against Mississippi State instilled some much-needed confidence in the team’s running attack. We’ll see if the Tigers can break through and make the big plays that powered their offense in the past.
If the offense does not break out this week then it is fair to wonder if it will happen at all this season.
Rhett: "We've got to find a way to generate some explosive plays, regardless of what (opposing defenses) are doing."
— Tom Green (@AUBlog) September 30, 2015