The State Of Auburn Football / New Mexico State Preview / It’s JWALL Time!
I hope you’re all having a marvellous week and had a fun and safe Halloween. My Halloween was a little less exciting, as parking cars really does take the thrill of dressing up as a zombie away. The makeup was hard to take off, I’ll tell you that.
Onto more important matters: there is a lot of talk right now about coaching replacements and even AD replacements, some of which sound reasonable, others sound more unreasonable. I don’t like to dabble into rumours on this blog, as I just like to report news as fact. One thing that is very clear right now is that Chizik won’t make it to 2013, and rightfully so. Auburn’s season faded quickly, and has gone from a down year to a historically bad year as the weeks have worn on. This time will likely finish 3-9, possibly 2-10 depending on their mood against New Mexico State this weekend. Wins against Georgia and Alabama are unlikely, to say the least.
Jay Jacobs’ job security is also wearing thin, and rumours of an AD replacement are also making the rounds. Auburn’s athletic programs haven’t been too successful lately, all apart from an SEC Soccer Tournament win and Auburn’s swimming program success.
Is it time for a change in the AD? I think so, but that’s just me. Gene Chizik is likely to see out the season, so naming a replacement probably won’t happen until December. The AD, on the other hand, needs to be sorted out promptly and efficiently. Hiring the best man available is the obvious need, but timing also comes into play. How quickly should a change be made? That’s the other big question.
Whoever Auburn hires in these two positions will impact this athletic department massively, particularly the football program since that is the big moneymaker. If Auburn wants to catch up to it’s rivals and challenge for the SEC, the right hire needs to be made, and a good one at that. We have the money, facilities, stadium, conference, and fan-base to be successful, and a new direction is the last piece to the puzzle.
Moving on, Auburn continues their home-stand Saturday against New Mexico State, a team who have also endured a miserable start to the season and who are also sitting at 1-7.The Aggies won their first game of the season against Sacramento State, before losing their next seven games against some pretty weak competition.
This will be the first official start for Jonathan Wallace, the only quarterback on the roster who hasn’t hit the rocks, and is eager to impress and possibly lock down the starting job. He played well against A&M — albeit their backups — but impressive nonetheless.
Auburn needs to show up to this one, otherwise they are in danger of finishing the season at 2-10. Another slow start will mean more empty seats by halftime, and god forbid we even end up losing this one. There is, however, a large talent gap which I think makes the difference in the end.
Auburn 31 – 13 New Mexico State