The first week of football has finally come and gone. And, perhaps, it deserves some evaluation. When a team wins 60 – 10, it must be said that it performed well and its execution was good, even though Bryan Harsin was coaching in an entirely different league with a much bigger audience and the Tigers were playing a vastly inferior opponent.
It is clear to me that Auburn should build its offense around sophomore Tank Bigsby, who has shone big-play capability since he arrived on The Plains.
When Bigsby came out of LaGrange High School a couple of years ago, experts labeled him one of the top running backs in the South. Now, it seems clear that they were correct. Bigsby can run the ball with authority and can catch a pass out of the backfield to keep defenses honest.
Auburn takes on Alabama State on Saturday and the outcome should be much the same as the first game. Then comes Penn State and a game with national ramifications. The matchup against the Nittany Lions will also be the first true test to gauge how good the Tigers might be in their first year under Harsin.
A game against Georgia State will follow in Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium before the Tigers enter the heart of their SEC schedule, with battles against LSU, Georgia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and the grand finale against Alabama.
The Tigers have a long road to travel this season, but it's off to a promising start.
Retired Auburn Attorney Don Eddins is publisher of The Auburn Villager newspaper and the online publication, auburnvillager.com. Before going into law, he was state Capitol reporter for The Huntsville Times and state editor for The Columbus Ledger. In college, he was sports editor of The Auburn Plainsman. Email him your comments about the newspaper to firstname.lastname@example.org.