Well, now we're 7-1. As bad as the team (and pretty much the whole team outside of the punters and Peterson on returns should feel like they have things to work on) played, we still have a lot going for this season. At the beginning of the season I thought 9-3 or 10-2 would be a very solid year. And coming in to the Auburn game I really felt like they were the team we matched up the worst against.
We have historically struggled against teams with big running QBs and our strength is the run game - whereas their weakness is the pass D. I think we should match up much better against Bama and especially Arkansas. Mallet's a great QB, but he's a statue who tends to throw a few stupid INTs every game. We should be able to make him pay with our corners. Bama has two great running backs, but McElroy's not that great. The key for us is going to be if we can get Ridley going.
So, I see a couple of possible positive outcomes. We could lose 1 of these two big games, win the rest (I know I know, we struggle with Houston Nutt) and go 10-2. Or we could lose both and sort of stumble to 9-3. Or we could win out and at 11-1 have a great shot at the Sugar Bowl, or with a little luck from Auburn's opponents, be in the SECCG.
In other words, despite playing about as badly as this team can play, we still have a ton to play for. The sky isn't actually falling.