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$49 Million Man Gus Malzahn's Job Is Safe, but His Reputation Is Not

Gus Malzahn isn't on the hot seat. His job isn't in jeopardy.

Unless the effectiveness of his offense improves rapidly, though, Auburn is at risk of becoming an afterthought in the SEC West.

Six games into the 2018 campaign, the Tigers own a 4-2 record. It's not a doom-and-gloom scenario on the Plains, but the program has steadily raised its expectations over the last two decades. If Auburn isn't competing for SEC and national titles, it's a problem.

And that's not going to happen with a 1-2 conference mark.

The disappointing start to SEC play is a result of the struggles by Malzahn's run-based, fast-paced offense to own the ground.