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Discussion in 'Swamp Gas' started by eastowest, Dec 13, 2013.
The last 13 NC winners had a better running game....
Whoa. Defense can stop the pass, especially if you have several weeks to prepare for it.
After that, the offense needs to figure out how to run and be balanced offensively.
Plus if an offense is going to be "off" due to the layoff, it's more likely to be the passing team.
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One can only hope that 2014 bites the Semis in the ass
Didn't seem that way in 1996.
Semis are going down!!! Book it!!!
Let's hope that statistic runs true to form! I'd love to see Auburn beat the Semiholes by 30 points….but I will gladly take a 1 point Tiger victory!
The rankings seem to imply that you are going on yards per game. Oregon had more rushing yards per game than Auburn did in 2010:
And these stats are *after* Auburn piled up 254 rushing yards compared to Oregon's 75.
Using yards per carry, this appears to hold true going back to USC vs. Texas (2005 season) when Texas averaged more yards per game, but USC averaged more yards per carry:
How is Auburn's defense going to practice defending the pass though?
AU has a good DL. It's secondary sucks. The good thing is that a DL can make the secondary look good if they get pressure. Let's see how good the FSU OL really is.
Not to mention Ohio State's rushing offense was ranked 26th, while Florida's was ranked 38th. Others:
Oklahoma 68th, FSU 33d
Miami 40th, Ohio State 31st
USC 33d, Oklahoma 16th
Auburn 5th, Oregon 4th
Making stuff up out of whole cloth...
We know the jammer squints allot and must have a problem with his eyes. I would put 3- d, kaleidoscope numbers on my jersey so his optical system goes totally divergent.
That's what I get for listening(believing) to Scott McKinney from SST....should have checked it.........
Don't sleep on Ellis Johnson, he may come up with a unique plan in a month.
IMO, Auburn's tougher schedule will prove to be the difference. They already beat Johnny Football and Bama's 2-time NC winning QB. Auburn's OL lives to block someone and they've lined up against better DL's than FSU's. FSU's opportunity to win lies in their talented receiving corps making more than one or two big plays on toss-up throws.
Pretty much. I think many underestimate AU's D-line. Dee Ford has been great all year off the end getting pressure and his sack on Manziel is why we beat A&M. Carl Lawson (true freshman) is great at backup. He was rated like the 2nd or 3rd best DE in America coming out of HS and has already proven he is probably the best player on the line (he doesn't start because Freshman).
The thing AU has going for them is depth on the D-line. There is very little if any drop-off in the 2 deep rotation and only a slight drop-off 3 deep. Johnson will play 15-18 guys on the line during a game, no matter the opponent. Keeps them fresh and is a big advantage in the 4th.
Linebackers are so-so. Not on Bammer or F$U's level, but good enough. Mckinzy and Frost are both good and have gotten a lot better. It's not a talent issue, but a "getting used to a new system" issue.
You're right about the secondary -- it needs a lot of work. Chris Davis is probably the best player there (guy who returned the kick against bammer). Davis is AU's best cover corner and I suspect he will be tasked with the job of defending that beast Benjamin. Josh Holsey was great at safety but we lost him for the year at the first of the season. Really pissed Ellis Johnson off because he was going to be a star player, imo.
The thing a lot of people don't realize is that F$U is giving up a lot of sacks. They are ranked 76th in the NCAA for sacks allowed. AU's D-line will be key to the game. All we need is a 3rd down stop here and there and I think AU has it. I just don't see F$U stopping AU's run like so many of their fans are claiming. They play in the freaking ACC, not exactly a juggernaut conference. Winston can just sit back there all day against the Wake Forests, NC States, and Syracuse's of the world. It wasn't so easy for him against Florida, and I think it will be the same against AU.
I think Florida hit them in the mouth on defense pretty hard, but UF's crappy offense just couldn't compensate and by the 3rd quarter it was over. I suspect Ellis Johnson will watch that Florida film and take some ideas on the coverages Muschamp was running.
I think F$U scores 30, but I think AU can score more than that. We'll see.
Personally, I think Auburn better spend their time keeping FSU's offense off the field with long, clock-eating drives. Your defense in 2010 was not good, but it is far ahead of this year's version. Johnson will need another year to build it to his standards.
Great... you said "Book it". Now the Seminoles are going to win. I'm blaming you!!!
Ohio State beat Miami...
Oregon has a weird rushing offense that almost always struggles in their bowl games.
I think there is some validity to this stat, however partially inaccurate it may be.