Auburn football: Did Bryan Harsin consider swapping Bo Nix for TJ Finley?
Auburn football took arguably the worst loss of the season this weekend against the Texas A&M Aggies. The Tigers seemed to take two steps backwards in addition to taking home their first loss ever at Kyle Field.
While the defense is what kept the Tigers in the game for so long, third-year quarterback Bo Nix and the offense struggled to get into any sort of rhythm on the other side of the line of scrimmage. There were no big plays and no spark to get the passing game going.
By the end of the fourth quarter, the only points that Auburn football managed to put on the board were the three from the first-quarter field goal. The nail in the coffin seemed to be the forced fumble in the fourth quarter the resulted in an Aggie touchdown.
Despite Nix’s troubles to stretch the field during the game, head coach Bryan Harsin never truly considered benching the third-year starter for LSU transfer T.J. Finley. Per Auburn Undercover, Harsin believed that Nix earned his chance to fight his way back into the game:
“I felt like Bo could get us back in the game, that we could get that spark,” Harsin said. “That’s something that he’s shown and that we’ve done throughout the season, we just didn’t get it.”
Swapping quarterbacks at home versus Georgia State is a lot different than doing it on the road versus a ranked opponent like Texas A&M, but it’s definitely frustrating to watch the type of dead-end offense the Tigers ran on Saturday.
Now, it has been six full quarters of football since the Auburn Tigers have scored an offensive touchdown, With three games left on the regular-season schedule, Bo Nix and the offense will have to be able to put points on the board if Auburn football wants to win another game.