How Will Auburn Fair In College Station?
by Dan Harralson
Oct 17, 2013 11:54 PM EDT
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How good is Auburn? I said from day one this was the best hire of the SEC offseason coaching changes, although Butch Jones is placing his mark on the Tennessee program. Malzahn is the best coach Auburn could have while Nick Saban is finishing his tenure in Tuscaloosa. The former Arkansas State head coach came back to the Tigers, where he served as offensive coordinator, and it has been a good fit for many reasons. One is quite simple: Malzahn already knew most of the players. A lot of the players he coached and recruited as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11 still play for the Tigers. Not to mention, no matter what quarterback he plugs into his offense to be signal caller, they produce. Malzahn coaches and teaches his spread offense to perfection. Not many head coaches can have early success and improvement on the field like Malzahn is having in year number one. Winning the Washington State game was huge to instill confidence into this program that experienced its worst year of Auburn modern-day football in 2012, finishing 3-9 with a bad coaching clinic exhibited by Gene Chizik. That's hard to overcome unless you're Gus Malzahn. Malzahn has his team playing good football and exceeding expectations. Saturday's game at Texas A&M will be tough, but don't be surprised if Auburn leaves the Lone Star State with a win. The key to winning in the SEC is the ability to run the football well and play good defense. Auburn has the best rushing offense in the SEC and defensively, the Tigers are sixth in the conference. Do not sleep on this Auburn team this weekend in College Station. The Gus Bus is in full stride.