OK, so we’ve all seen some of the staggering statistical factoids to come out of the first two games of Auburn’s Gus Malzahn era: that Auburn currently has the top two rushers in the SEC, that it’s the first time in 29 years Auburn’s gone over 500 yards in back-to-back games, that–holy crap–Auburn is second in the country in rushing yards, behind only Air Force. But maybe most impressive is where they rank in straight up total offense. Behold: (UPDATE: OK, I can’t figure out how to let you blow up the screencap. But if you click that link, you can see what I’m looking at.)
Yep, that’s Auburn’s checking in at 4th, a year after they finished 104th in total offense.
But not all the totals here on top of the offensive leaderboard are created equal, are they? Doing it for two weeks is a little different from doing it for two. And doing it against I-AA cuppity-cakes is a little different than doing it against D-I competition. We can agree on that, right?
So, what this table looks like if you eliminate teams that have only played one game or played one against a I-AA team:
Yeah, I’m just going to come right out and say it: it might be only two weeks into the season, but through those two weeks Auburn has put together the best offensive performance in the country. (UPDATE: You probably can’t see it unless you save the pic and open it elsewhere, but the top 5 teams after the eliminations are Auburn, Toledo, Texas, Utah, and … um … those are top 4.)
Auburn. Chris Todd at quarterback. Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery at wide receiver. A true freshman splitting carries at tailback. Mario Fannin out at H-back. An offensive line that spent 2008 doing little more than getting in its own way. The fourth offensive coordinator in three years.
And from those ingredients, yes, the best offensive performance in the country through two weeks.
Gus Malzahn is a freaking genius, man.