There are plenty of reasons for the Auburn Football Team to be optimistic in the wake of Saturday's 26-19 loss against Clemson. But, Auburn players didn't come to the Plains for moral victories, or to look for silver linings.
The Tigers had good, bad and ugly against Clemson. The good; the Tigers forced a turnover and held an explosive Clemson offense to 26 points.
The bad; Auburn allowed 528 total yards and committed two turnovers of their own. The ugly; running back Andre Ellington ran for 231 yards in the Clemson win.
"We played hard, but too many missed tackles and a few mistakes or whatever," sophomore defensive end LaDarius Owens said. "Hopefully, well, we have to improve much better for next week."
The players agree, they've got to tighten up in a hurry, especially with their SEC opener looming in just three days in Starkville, against Mississippi State.
"Everything that we messed up on, and everything that didn't seem right is fixable," junior defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker said. "It's not like, 'Oh my God'. It's very fixable.
"There's no excuses from us. We just didn't get the job done. We're just moving on to next week really."
Mississippi State will play host to Auburn at 11 a.m. on Saturday on ESPN.