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Auburn 38, Mississippi State 14: What Does It All Mean?

Auburn rolled in a big West win over Mississippi State 38-14. What does it all mean?

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Auburn 38, Mississippi State 14: What Does It All Mean?

Maybe Auburn really is pretty good.

It would’ve been interesting if the Tigers didn’t catch the clock break against LSU – and whether or not Gus Malzahn would still be the head coach – but now they’re benefiting from the low overall expectations by getting the offense moving over the last two weeks and now looking like a real, live team that could be a little bit of a factor in the West.

Of course, Mississippi State isn’t Alabama, but the Texas A&M game is in the past, the LSU game is over, and with Arkansas coming to Jordan-Hare and a trip to Ole Miss to follow, everything is starting to click at the right time.

And looking back, the two losses were to a still-unbeaten Clemson, and to a going-into-Tennessee-unbeaten Texas A&M.

Yeah, now it’s time to really look at Auburn a little bit differently.

Sean White was brilliant from the start – completing 14-of-18 passes for 204 yards and a score with a pick – and Kamryn Pettway ground out a tough, nasty performance with 169 yards and three scores on 39 carries. But most of all, the offensive line took over and it’s been playing better and better. The defense has been solid all year, and now with the O starting to roll and starting get more and more confidence – at least that’s the way it looked and played over the first half – the season has been turned around in a hurry.

But it’s Malzahn, and it’s Auburn. These things chance in a hiccup, and there can’t be a big loss to Arkansas next week, but there’s hope now. This looks like a team, a coaching staff, and a program that has the potential to be okay.