Often seen around the sports universe, especially in college football, is the instance of a team coming off the emotional high of a huge victory then falling flat on its face the next time out. Auburn Tigers’ Head Coach Gus Malzahn wanted to be sure that did not happen to his troops after last weekend’s big win over the Texas A&M Aggies. He was successful in that venture.
On Saturday night, much as it has been over the last month, Auburn’s ground game was in full force. The Tigers rushed for a ridiculous 424 yards on their way to a 45-10 drubbing of the Florida Atlantic Owls. Malzahn’s offense has averaged 399 yards on the ground during the last four weeks as the team has put together a perfect record in October.
Auburn is now 7-1 on the season. The team’s turnaround from their disastrous 3-9 effort in 2012 has been nothing short of spectacular. They control their own destiny in the SEC West and appear to be on a collision course toward the Iron Bowl versus top-ranked Alabama in order to decide who will represent the division in the SEC Championship Game.
In order for Malzahn to lead the team to an appearance at the Georgia Dome on December 7, he will need to receive some positive news on starting quarterback Nick Marshall in the near future. The junior left the bout with Florida Atlantic early in the second quarter with what looked to be an injury to his throwing shoulder. Marshall is obviously vital to the offense and combines with running back Tre Mason to form an extremely dynamic duo.