According to Gene Chizik: “We don’t really pay attention to the past.” At least that’s what he said about Auburn’s current scoring drought when asked about it by The Opelika-Auburn News.
Good thing. ‘Cause the drought’s growing longer and longer.
Auburn hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown against an SEC defense in more than 171 minutes of game action. The Tigers scored an offensive TD in the first quarter of last year’s 45-7 whipping at the hands of Georgia on November 12th. The Tigers then lost the Iron Bowl to Alabama 42-14. They lost their SEC opener this year 28-10 to Mississippi State. The three touchdowns in those games: two Onterio McCalebb kickoff returns and a fumble recovery in Alabama’s end zone. That’s it.
To make matters worse, this week’s foe is LSU. In its last 10 regular season games against FBS opponents, the Tigers have allowed 3, 10, 17, 3, 9, 6, 10, 7, 11, and 7 points. That includes last year’s 45-10 romp over Auburn in Baton Rouge.
If Kiehl Frazier and Auburn’s so-so rushing attack can’t post many — or any — points against John Chavis’ defense this week there’s still reason for hope. Arkansas’ spotty defense will visit the Plains in two weeks.