One thing about the Auburn offense this year is that it’s like an older muscle car; sometimes it takes awhile to get started but when its motor is running, it still has enough power in its engine to efficiently move.
Even though the car is moving, it is prone to sputtering at times. Auburn has enough offensive talent to be a high-powered team, but it often fails to deliver excellent performances, as indicated by turnovers or missed field goals.
Auburn seems to have still been in a LSU lull, as the offense struggled out of the gate to capitalize on scoring opportunities.
Anders Carlson, who has had his struggles following in his brother’s footsteps, missed two field goals that could’ve given the Tigers some sort of momentum against an Ole Miss team that’s just fighting for bowl contention at this point in the season.
Bo Nix, who’s had his share of turnover problems, fumbled the ball, which allowed Ole Miss to siphon some of the Tigers momentum fuel in the first half.
The defense continues to be the heart and soul of the team, and they held up the end of their bargain, often confusing the Rebels in terms of their schemes.
The road got bumpy, as Ole Miss detoured the Auburn win for a moment as they created an interesting game with a 20-13 Auburn lead. Carlson’s kicking struggles continued as he missed another 40+ yard field goal to create stress among the Auburn crowd.
The view became clearer, however, as Christian Tutt intercepted Rebels QB John Rhys Plumlee to guarantee that Auburn would have a clear path to victory.
This game and season has taught everyone that Auburn, especially its offense, can be as flashy as an old muscle car, but it can stall and create frustration with its owner (AKA the fans).