The Myth About Auburn Football This Season

FILE – Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm is tackled by Auburn linebacker K.J. Britt during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

CHUCK OLIVER
ATLANTA, Ga – There’s a myth about Auburn football this season. If everyone sees behind the curtain Saturday afternoon don’t act like you knew it all along. 

Where is the offensive line “being good,” “coming around,” having three NFL draft prospects on it, etc, this entire fairy tale, where has that actually come to pass this season?

They’re not “good.” They’re “good enough,” most Saturdays, and that’s a far different level of play than “good.” They’re experienced, they’re tough for the most part, they play together, always good effort, all of that is awesome. For real real. They’re just not that talented. And if your best trait is “I’ve Played a Lot or I Always Try Hard,” well, that gets trumped almost always once you go from Friday night to Saturday at 3:30.

I suspect it’s going to be an afternoon full of 3-and-outs. If wide receiver Anthony Schwartz hits three pop plays Auburn wins, if he hits two they lose. There’s your ball game.

And by “Schwartz” I mean him or Seth Williams or another flyer who happens to get loose because a corner plays the wrong coverage or a contain guy goes screaming down the LOS because he reads off-tackle when it’s a bootleg. That’s the most likely chance for Auburn’s offense to find the end zone and that’s not normally how you beat a potential national champion.

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