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By the numbers: Auburn hitting its stride at midway point

October 13, 2017

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Gus Malzahn: “Very few teams in the country continue to improve. If we do that, then we will end up having a pretty good year.” Photo: Anthony Hall/Auburn Athletics

Oct. 13, 2017

By Greg Ostendorf
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala. — We are halfway through the regular season, and Auburn is sitting pretty at 5-1 and ranked No. 10 in the AP Top 25. The path to an SEC championship and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff is still in place for the Tigers.

The only blemish to this point? A 14-6 loss on the road at No. 2 Clemson.

“When you bring up that name [Clemson], it hurts to hear that,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “I know that it motivates our players and our coaches. All the experiences you have up to the first half help build everything in the second half.

“Very few teams in the country continue to improve. That is extremely hard to do. It takes a lot to get up each week and play at a high level. Very few teams can do it. That is our challenge. It is not easy. We talk about it, and we address it. If we do it, then we will end up having a pretty good year.”

That ability to improve each week will only magnify in the second half with road trips to LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M looming over the next month, and home games against No. 4 Georgia and No. 1 Alabama to finish out the conference slate.

In the meantime, here’s a look at some key stats from the first half.

OFFENSE

DEFENSE

SPECIAL TEAMS

Greg Ostendorf is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @greg_ostendorf

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