Benfried: Can Mizu Football add Auburn’s Harsene to its list of fired coaches? | Sports

It’s a week of despair for the tigers.

Both spouses.

When Missouri and Auburn meet Saturday on the Plains, they’ll see each other as a mature opponent at the SEC on a schedule that doesn’t guarantee more will be produced.

Mizzou (2-1) tackled Louisiana Tech and Abilene Christian at home, but his loss to Kansas State on the road in week two was even worse after week three.

Kansas State lost its sting at home against Tulane. The Green Wave scored 17 points against K-State and only allowed 10. Eli Drinkwitz’s Tigers, in case you succeed in wiping it from your memory, lost 40-12 – with the last six coming in trash time. time is over.

Auburn (2-1) thrashed Mercer and barely squeaked by San Jose State, but then was embarrassed at home in the second half last weekend at the hands of Penn State. There was no rolling in Tomer’s corner after James Franklin’s Nittany Lyons punished the Tigers 41-12. Just gnashing of teeth. Plus plenty of calls for Year Two coach Brian Harsin to get takeover money.

Harsin looked like a promising hire when Auburn took him from Boise State. Suddenly it is 8-8, frankly on the hot seat. The blue grass in Boise was probably greener than he realized. His Monday meeting with the media in Auburn was grim.

“I’m going to classify every Saturday as a must-win,” Harsin said via the Montgomery Advertiser (ALA). “I don’t really have an answer for you there. Yes? Anytime you ask me from now on, yes, I must win.”

Penn State scored touchdowns on each of its first four rides within the 20-yard line. Her defense forced four turns and prevented star Auburn from falling back off of Tank Bigsby’s tracks, sending him away for 39 yards and creating questions about why Harsin wasn’t trying to get more touches so he could break through. The loss was Auburn’s most uneven on the ground since 2012, along with his fifth straight loss to a Power Five opponent.

Auburn fans are not known for their patience.

Ask Gene Chesick, who was fired two years after winning a national championship. Ask Gus Malzahn, who now enjoys the sunshine and sanity of Central Florida. It’s not exciting to say that Harsin might come out in Auburn if Mizu wins that game.

Auburn fans won’t want to hear it, because they’re obsessed with winning at any cost—look at their loyalty to the biggest college basketball scam, Bruce Pearl, for proof—but Penn State can be very good. I chose them to be my sleepovers at the college football game. If Auburn beats Mizu, and Penn State moves forward in the Big Ten, Auburn’s latest loss might look more plausible.

Mizzou is hoping for a similar situation with her no-show in Kansas. Tulane spoiled that novel. It turns out that Kansas is not asleep. Now Kansas State has to worry about proving that Kansas (3-0) is not the best team in the state. And Missouri has to beat streaks around hot starts from both KU and FCS Missouri State. (This could have been a bad season for MU if there had been Bobby Petrino’s Bears on the schedule.) Saturday presents a real opportunity — a chance to prove that another SEC is dealing with more misery.

Drenkowitz and Mizu have helped push SEC coaches out the door before. He danced at the grave of Dan Mullen in Florida, lightsaber in hand, after his victory over the Gators last season. Vanderbilt dropped Derek Mason immediately after losing to Mizu in 2020. Prior to Drinkewitz’s time, Brett Bielima was sent off by Arkansas after losing to Mizu in 2017. Tennessee did the same against Butch Jones in the same season.

If things go wrong for Drinkwitz, Jones’ time in Tennessee could become a comparison. Jones recruited really well. And then people wondered why all this great recruiting didn’t look any better in the field. He hit nine straight seasons in a row, and then bottomed out. He is now in Arkansas, after his stint at Nick Saban’s rehab program in Alabama.

The point is, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, they are either fired or other coaches are fired. And the only way a coach spends so much time on the right side of that equation is to push his opponents to the wrong side.

Mizzou will have to bring a significantly improved product onto the road compared to losing at K-State to make Harsin’s life more difficult, and Saturday’s environment at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be louder and more hostile than the purple crowd in Kansas State. .

Mizzou looks unprepared on the road is a trend that must stop. The only SEC coach Drenkewitz who was defeated on the road who is still running? Clark Leah of Vanderbilt.

This match against Auburn is Mizzou’s most winning competition on paper until the ever-improved Lea’s Commodores come to CoMo on October 22. #1 seed Georgia and 20th-ranked Florida are waiting before that time.

This match against Mizzou is the most winning paper game in even Auburn. . . November 5? The Harsin Tigers have LSU, No. 1 in Georgia, No. 16 Ole Miss and No. 10 Arkansas in the line ahead of Mississippi State, and Bulldogs aren’t bad.

Drenkowitz, right or wrong, will have more patience than Harsin. Especially if he can extend Mizzou’s roster to kick out the opponent’s coach. Desperation will determine Saturday, and perhaps the most desperate team will win.

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