Ole Miss Review: The Final Nail In The Coffin?
By the time the clock hit zero on Saturday night, we were all thinking the same thing: yet another game given away due to poor coaching and poor effort. Just bad football in general.
The game started out alright, as we saw Auburn play better offensive ball, and enough defensive ball to get by. Clint was throwing some good ones, the run game was flowing and the blocking was acceptable. We went into the half tied, and I still had an uneasy feeling, since we have been just terrible in second halves of games this season. That’s exactly how the second-half panned out. The team fell to pieces in a hurry, and ended up losing 41-20 to Ole Miss, a team with a first-year head coach and hadn’t won an SEC game (prior to Saturday) since the 2010 season. That about sums it all up.
We’ve hit the midpoint of the season, and we’re sitting here today with one win and five losses. Pretty incredible if you think about it. We’ve gone from National Champion to being a 3-4 win team in just a matter of two seasons. I didn’t think 3 wins with this much talent was possible, but I was dead wrong. .
Even with the arrival of new schemes and coordinators, this type of season is simply unacceptable at a place like Auburn. The issue I have is not the losses themselves, but how we’ve lost them. Last season, we were getting blown out by our biggest rivals, all of which were decent football teams. We have now regressed to getting blown out by poor teams, including Ole Miss and an Arkansas team that quit prior to our game against them.
With how much talent this team has acquired on the recruiting trail in the last 4 seasons, how have we come to this point? It’s a question that I’m trying to answer every day, but I just can’t get my head around it.
The team is lost, and the season is now pretty much over. Auburn is very unlikely to win just one SEC game this year, let alone a bowl game. I just don’t see this team pulling out a victory on the road against Vanderbilt/Alabama, or at home to Georgia or Texas A&M. All of which are very tough opponents, especially the last three. That would give us an end of year record of 3-9.
Where does this leave the coaching staff?
Not in a great place, if you ask me. This programme should be in a rebuilding phase, but also staying some-what competitive in the process. Instead, we’re left with a poor squad that will be nowhere near bowl-eligible.
Do you find this acceptable? I sure don’t.