Heading into Saturday, Paul Finebaum had high expectations for Auburn’s trip to Clemson. The SEC Network host picked Auburn to win at Clemson during the Saturday morning broadcast of SEC Nation but following the latest lackluster offensive performance from the Tigers, Finebaum appears to have lost his faith in the program.
Saturday night, Auburn only accomplished 13 first downs, converted six of 18 third downs, rushed for 38 yards and threw for 79. Despite not turning the ball over, and reaching the red zone twice, Auburn only scored six points against Clemson’s defense. The worst stat of the night, the Tigers gave up 11 sacks to Clemson.
During his weekly Monday morning appearance on WJOX 94.5 FM radio program The Opening Drive, Finebaum suggested it’s more than fair to question if head coach Gus Malzahn is getting the job done at Auburn.
“I think there is a lot of pressure on Gus Malzahn now. I’m not suggesting that he is going to be fired but I am suggesting Auburn fans are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” Finebaum said on the air. “And what I mean with that Jay is that we’ve seen this movie before… it’s the same old same old, except it’s getting worse.”
Finebaum also wasn’t buying the talk from the team’s offensive coordinator after the game.
“I know Chip Lindsey said he called every play but I don’t know how many people really believe that,” he continued.
The SEC Network host also commented it’s time for Auburn fans to realize what it is they have in their head coach
“Auburn fans have to take a long look at this program and ponder the question, ‘Who is Gus Malzahn and what is this program all about?’ Is he a coach that caught lightning in a bottle in 2013,” Finebaum said, “with two of the most miraculous come from behind wins in history or is he just an average, middle of the road coach who can get you to 10 wins every once in awhile but is most likely going to get you to eight?”