Auburn football: Accepting blame admirable, but avoiding that scenario is even better

Can Gus Malzahn get this offense turned around in time to beat MSU on the road? (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Can Gus Malzahn get this offense turned around in time to beat MSU on the road? (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Make no mistake, it’s admirable that defensive coordinator Kevin Steele stood up in front of the media Sunday night and took the blame for the Auburn football team’s disappointing 22-21 loss to LSU.

Thanks, coach. Everyone appreciates it.

But it’s not necessary.

Losses happen, unless it’s 2010, 2004, 1993, 1958, 1957, 1932, 1914, 1913 or 1904.

Coaches can take blame. Players can take blame. It happens all the time.

Excuses are made — blame it on the refs, injuries, turnovers. Take your pick.

But what Auburn football fans want is to not have to hear someone take responsibility for a loss.

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Sometimes — most the time — the better team wins the football game. Saturday was not one of those occasions and that’s the frustrating part about what happened with Auburn (and something that has become all-too-familiar).

With the talent the Auburn football team has on offense, allowing 22 points shouldn’t be reason to apologize.

LSU entered the game ranked No. 12. That means a lot of people think the Tigers are a good team. Few people expected LSU to win. Ed Orgeron likely told his team to just get to the fourth quarter with a chance to win it. LSU did and won. Give a team enough opportunities and eventually you get burned.

Joe Burrow hit 7 of his first 13 throws as LSU built a 10-0 lead. In the fourth quarter, Burrow was 5 for 9 for 95 yards. That included a 71-yard touchdown that brought LSU to within 21-19. It also included two completions on the game-winning drive: one for eight yards on third-and-7 and another for nine yards on fourth-and-7.

Burrow went 3 for 12 from the time LSU led 10-0 until he hit Derrick Dillon for the 71-yard touchdown.

Give a team enough opportunities …

That comment by Gus Malzahn sums up Saturday.

Auburn should annihilate Arkansas on Saturday. Auburn should roll past Southern Miss a week later. Is that enough time to adequately prepare for the back half of the schedule that starts with a trip to Mississippi State on Oct. 6?

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That trip to Starkville will tell Auburn football fans everything they need to know about how the rest of this season will play out.