A few notes on Auburn, next up as the Rebels try to break the SEC losing streak, now at 16 games. …
Auburn, 1-4 overall, 0-3 in the SEC, ranges from average to much less in most major statistical categories.
One in which they’re fair is scoring defense. In spite of their troubles, the Tigers are giving up 23.6 points a game, which ranks them 48th in the nation, thus a top 50 standing out of 120 FBS teams. It’s interesting to note that Auburn is 75th in total defense (yards allowed), 79th in pass defense efficiency and 95th in rushing defense. But in the one that matters, Auburn is top 50. That’s still only ninth in the SEC in scoring defense.
Statistically, it would seem the Rebels would match up well against a defense giving up 192.6 yards a game on the ground.
The big question for Ole Miss this week will be not numbers but emotion.
Arkansas, which lost 58-10 at Texas A&M last week, beat Auburn 24-7. The Razorbacks’ defense, which was giving up 510.2 yards a game, gave up 328 to an Auburn offense that has now scored just two offensive touchdowns in three SEC games.
Auburn, having previously been adamant that Kiehl Frazier was its quarterback, made a change in the second half. Clint Moseley, considered the better pocket passer to Frzier the athlete, played the last two quarters and was 13-for-21 passing for 166 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Moseley had a big game against Ole Miss last year, going 12-for-15 for 160 yards, no picks and four touchdowns.
Note to Dave Wommack: Auburn quarterbacks were sacked eight times, four each for Frazier and Moseley. Arkansas went into the game 11th in the SEC with seven sacks through five games.
Arkansas had a bit of a change on offense too, moving away from Knile Davis at running back and two Dennis Johnson. Both have had good games against Ole Miss in the past, Davis a multi-touchdown game and more than 100 yards two years ago in Fayetteville, Johnson with 160 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in Oxford last year.