Thursday, December 14, 2017

Auburn at Ole Miss

Ole Miss hosts an Auburn team playing as well as any in the country in Week 9.

Auburn offense vs. Ole Miss defense
• Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's read-option package puts the play-side defensive end in a Catch-22. If the end collapses inside to take away QB Cam Newton on the keeper, Newton will give the ball to Michael Dyer, Onterio McCalebb or Mario Fannin. All three RBs have the burst to turn the corner and can go the distance when their receivers get into position as blockers, so the Ole Miss cornerbacks must fight off blocks quickly. If the defensive end flies upfield in an effort to take away the handoff to a back, then Newton will keep the ball up the middle. Newton has the power to pick up yards after contact and the second gear to run away from defenses when he gets a crease. The one concern for Auburn in the running game is ball security. Dyer and Fannin have both put the ball on the ground this year, and a Rebels defense that has recovered seven fumbles this season needs to win the turnover battle and will look to rip the ball loose in gang-tackle situations.