Alabama – Auburn: A Look at the Tigers

Scoring Offense – Auburn ranks 8th in the conference scoring 25.2 points per game after averaging 41.2 in 2010 (1st) and 33.3 in 2009 (3rd).

Rushing Offense – The Tigers rank 5th in rushing offense with 183.55 yards per game.  Last year, led by Cam Newton, the Tigers rushed for a conference-best 284.79 YPG, yet only rushed for a season-low 108 against Alabama.  Sophomore Michael Dyer leads the rushing attack with 1,194 yards (108.55 per game / 5.21 per attempt) and has scored 10 touchdowns on the ground.  Junior speedster Ontario McCalebb has rushed for 526 yards and four touchdowns.

Passing Offense – The Tigers rank 10th in the conference with 161.7 passing yards per game.  Exiled quarterback Barrett Trotter still leads the Tigers statistically with 1,009 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Sophomore Clint Moseley took over for Trotter in the Florida game and has amassed 732 passing yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.  Moseley has a better yards per attempt ratio than Trotter (8.5 to 6.8) and a better completion rate (62.8 to 54.4).  Auburn has also used true freshman Kielh Frazier in more a a “wildcat” quarterbacking role.  Junior Emory Blake leads the team with 30 receptions for 505 yards and five touchdowns.  Blake has also missed two games this year and the Tigers missed him dearly when he was out.  McCalebb has 28 receptions out of the backfield and Philip Lutzenkirchen has been money while scoring seven touchdowns on only 22 catches.  Quindarius Carr leads the Tigers with 21.63 yards per catch.

Total Offense – Auburn averages a rather pedestrian 345.3 yards per game good for 8th in the conference.  That’s almost 150 yards less per game than the 2010 team led by Newton which finished first in the conference.  The Chris Todd led Tigers finished 2nd in the conference in 2009 with 431.8 yards per game.  Alabama held the Tigers to 324 yards in 2010 and 332 in 2009.

Scoring Defense – The Tigers allow 28.2 points per game good for 11th in the conference, a bit worse than last year’s average of 24.1 (8th).  The 2009 Tigers also ranked 12th in the league.

Rushing Defense – Auburn gives up 194.27 yards on the ground each game, good for 11th in the conference.  Last year’s team was first in the league with 109.07 per game.  Wow.  The Tigers miss Nick Fairley.

Passing Defense – The Tigers give up a league worst 213.5 yards through the air.  The Tigers also finished last in the conference last year and 10th in 2009.

Sacks – The Tigers have 20 sacks on the year, good for a three way tie for 5th in the league.  However, sophomore Corey Lemonier is 2nd in the conference with 8.5 sacks so far.  Fairley led the Tigers last year with 11.5.

Tackles For Loss – Auburn is 8th in the league with 68 TFL compared to last year’s unit which finished with a league-leading 99.  Lemonier is also 3rd in the league this year with 12.5 TFL.  Mr. Fairley had 24 to lead the league last year.

In summary, Auburn misses Cam Newton and Nick Fairley.  Last year’s offense was a once-in-a-lifetime deal because Newton was such a special player.  Last year’s defense was also horrible, but had several talented players – namely Fairley – that made plays when they needed them.  This year’s team has an extremely young offensive line, suspect quarterback play, a sometimes hobbled group of receivers and a super-talented Michael Dyer.

We’ll talk later about what the Tigers will need to do to beat Bama, but you can bet it will have something to do with Dyer.

Roll Tide!




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