GVX Audio: Auburn has exceeded expectations with offense based on power runs

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, center, watches the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, center, watches the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Many thought before the season that Auburn would be a .500 team. A 7-5 or 8-4 record would be worthy of celebration.

Instead, the Tigers are already 8-1, including a 4-1 mark in the SEC, and are ranked No. 7 in the nation.

The Tigers play Tennessee (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday at Neyland Stadium (TV: ESPN, noon).

Mike Szvetitz, who covers Auburn as sports editor of the Opelika-Auburn News, said the Tigers have won with first-year coach Gus Malzhahn's trademark offensive system.

"Everybody looks at this offense and sees the shotgun and the spread formation and thinks, 'Oh, they're going to throw it,'" Szvetitz said. "But Gus Malzahn's offense is a run-based offense. He actually bristles a little bit when you call it the spread. It's hurry-up, no-huddle and it's based on power running."

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BrassMonkey writes:

It's hard to believe UT is back to the "we do not have any talent" excuse. Bottom line is our teams came out unprepared 2 weeks in a row. If it happens a third week in a row against Auburn it could be possible we picked our 3rd dud coach in a row. The coach worshipers and Butch slappers will attack me, but in the end it is truly possible that the coach who was actually beaten by Dooley might not be the right fit. He hasn't proven anything thus far. 1-3 SEC wins per year will not cut it. Auburn has a first year coach too and similar challenges with talent. Instead of making excuses they bring it on the field.

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