Not that the rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide needed any heating up as one of, if not the best, rivalry in college football, but the billboards that are popping up across the state depicting Gus Malzahn and the caption “Auburn Fast” is sure to draw the ire of many, many fans of the Crimson Tide.
Auburn knocked off Alabama in the Iron Bowl last year with one of the most memorable plays to end a college football game in the history of the sport when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal more than 100 yards as time expired to clinch the SEC west.
The Tigers ended up winning the SEC Championship Game over Missouri and played Florida State in the final BCS Championship Game and are capitalizing on their success, especially their hurry-up, no-huddle offense that plays at a blistering pace that head coach Gus Malzahn likes to refer to as Auburn Fast.
After leading the nation with more than 300 rushing yards per game last season and boasting one of the nation’s top returning dual-threat quarterbacks in Nick Marshall, the Tigers offense should once again be playing particularly fast once again as he had a full offseason in Malzahn’s scheme to master the concepts to exploit the defense and garner preseason Heisman attention.
When you consider running back Corey Grant is as fast as any back in the nation and in line for a bigger role with Tre Mason in the NFL and receivers Sammie Coates and junior college transfer D’haquille “Duke” Williams out wide to give Auburn a legitimate chance at having a pair of 1,000-yard receivers, the Auburn offense may be even faster than a year ago.
Scary proposition for opposing defenses this season.
Just don’t drive your cars as fast on the highways as fast as the Auburn offense runs this season on the field.