The Auburn Tigers have hit the bye week with a 3-2 record to show for their efforts so far.

A competitive performance against top-ranked Georgia last Saturday has given the team renewed confidence. The bye week comes at an ideal time as the Tigers will have a chance to recover before heading down to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the No. 23 LSU Tigers.

The season has not been perfect, but there are plenty of good things to discuss. How have the Tigers performed in certain areas so far this season?

Offense: C

Auburn's offense has had its ups and downs so far this season, but it has ultimately gotten the job done.

Aside from the loss at Texas A&M, the offense has done what has been needed.

Quarterback play has been hit-and-miss. Payton Thorne has solidified himself as the starter, but Robby Ashford gets his time.

The offensive line has struggled, but there is improvement. The running back position is loaded with talent, and Auburn has been able to move the ball on the ground all season.

The wide receiver group has been nothing too exciting, but there is potential there.

Defense: B

Defensive coordinator Ron Roberts has gotten the most out of this group.

Auburn's defense has kept the team competitive this season. Linebacker Eugene Asante has led the way, and a stellar set of defensive backs have helped tremendously.

The pass rush has not always been the best and stopping the ground attack has proven difficult, but overall, this team is playing defense at a high level.

Special teams: A

Punter Oscar Chapman and placekicker Alex McPherson have been some of Auburn's biggest assets this season.

Chapman earned Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week honors in week five and McPherson is perfect in both field goals and PAT attempts.

Brian Battie has been explosive at kick returner, and Keionte Scott has been the same at punt returner when healthy.

Coaching: B

Head coach Hugh Freeze has returned hope to the program.

Roberts has done an exceptional job with the defense.

Offensive coordinator Phillip Montgomery has made some questionable play calls, but nothing that can not be sorted out.

Auburn has done well this season all things considered. The Tigers will be back in action against LSU next Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. ESPN will carry the broadcast.

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