I wish I could say we’ve hit rock bottom (Texas A&M Review)
If you want to watch a sluggish, miserable, draining football performance, I suggest you go back and watch Auburn play Texas A&M from Saturday night. It was really the one that capped it all off, not the final nail in the coffin per se, but just another example of a team that is getting worse every single week. It ended up being — statistically speaking — the worst defensive performance since 1917. The 63 points was the most since Auburn gave up 68 points to Georgia Tech in a 68-7 loss.
The game was over before it really started. When Texas A&M strolled down the field with the first possession and scored, you knew it was going to be a long night. Johnny Manziel dominated most of the night, with 260 passing yards and four total touchdowns. The usual trend so far this season has seen us get gashed on the very first defensive series, and then tighten up and play a little better straight after. Not this week, as no one really had a plan or answer for A&M’s high-powered, spread offence that has been wrecking havoc all year.
For Auburn, it was another messy, dreadful performance that really showed no signs of getting better. Although we did get to see extended action of Jonathan Wallace in garbage time, who played relatively well. He looked calm in the pocket, threw some touchdowns and he was one of the handful of guys that kept fighting until the end. I hope he played well enough to earn the starting gig this week against New Mexico State, a team that Auburn should and probably will beat, despite the obvious struggles.
People will see this as rock bottom, but things have potential to get much worse by the end of the season. Upcoming gigs against Georgia and Alabama are going to be interesting, to say the least. Georgia won’t drag, as they need this one to get to Atlanta, and Alabama, are well, Alabama.
Will this loss bring Chizik’s termination date closer? Some believe so, but others believe he will probably be let go at the end of the season, which is probably more likely right now. It’s pretty much a done deal that he won’t see 2013, but the real question is who will replace him? If Auburn wants to keep up with the elite, they need to act elite. There mustn’t be any room for error with this next hire, and it is going to impact Auburn straight from the get-go. How high do the big boys at Auburn rate and value this programme? I guess we’ll just wait and see.