The Auburn Tigers are 3-1 to start the Hugh Freeze era but the schedule is about to get a whole lot tougher now that SEC play has started.
That was shown last week when the Tigers lost 27-10 to the Texas A&M Aggies. Their next three games are against Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, all of whom are ranked inside the top 20 in the latest US LBM Coaches Poll.
While Auburn has just one loss so far, they had a close call against Cal and the offense has not exactly inspired confidence. Starting quarterback Payton Thorne has completed 65% of his passes against Power Five opponents and Robby Ashford hasn’t looked great in his opportunities either.
One area that has shined has been the running backs, led by Jarquez Hunter they give Auburn one of the deepest rooms in the conference, although that will be tested by Damari Alston’s shoulder injury.
Here is a look at how Auburn’s offense compares to the rest of the SEC and the nation in several key areas.
Scoring Offense: 32 points per game
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SEC Rank: 9th
National Rank: 52nd
Auburn’s offense has struggled so far but they have been good in the red zone. They are scoring touchdowns on 66.66% of their red zone trips but will need to be better at getting into the red zone.
Total Offense: 371 yards
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SEC Rank: 13th
National Rank: 84th
Auburn’s offense has been ineffective to start the season and these numbers are boosted by their two games against overmatched opponents. The defense has done its part so far but the offense will need to be better for Auburn to win some more games.
Rushing Offense: 197.75 yards
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SEC Rank: 2nd
National Rank: 32nd
Auburn’s ground game has been great to start the season and the depth of the room has been as good as advertised with Jarquez Hunter, Damari Alston,…