The Auburn Tigers will turn over the offensive play-calling to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee for Saturday night’s game at home against the No. 18 ranked LSU Tigers. It will be a switch from head coach Gus Malzahn, who usually handles the duties for the Tigers. It won’t be the first time that Lashlee called the plays, as he also did so in last season’s victory over Texas A&M, which was ultimately the determining factor between the team finish .500 and allowing them to get a bowl bid.
The Tigers are off to a 1-2 start on the season, with both losses coming at home against ranked opponents — Clemson and Texas A&M. It will be the same scenario Saturday night when they welcome LSU and Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette between the hedges for an SEC clash. LSU throttled Auburn last year 45-21.
Mixed in between the two losses was a rare impressive offensive performance from a Tigers offense that has sputtered over the past two seasons. As the team showed in the opener, not even the coaching staff has much of an idea about who is going to play quarterback long-term with Sean White, Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin all having gotten snaps in the early part of the season.
Malzahn has been hailed as an offensive guru, which allowed him to survive a rocky 7-6 season last year with Auburn, in which the Tigers went 2-6 inside the SEC. Looking ahead on the team’s schedule, if they can’t figure out a way to score moving forward, it won’t matter much who’s calling the plays, as the SEC schedule begins to pick up upon the calendar turning to October.