The 3-2-1: Three things learned, two questions, one prediction following Auburn's loss to New Mexico State

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AUBURN -- Listen, judging bad losses in the history of a football program is a bit subjective, but Auburn's 21-point loss at home to New Mexico State after being favored to win by 25 points is certainly in the discussion of worst losses ever. The Aggies are a good team. They are now 9-3 overall and will play for a C-USA championship. But, the best team they've played this season was Liberty and they lost by 16. The Aggies lost by 11 to UMass to start the season, the same UMass team Auburn beat by 45 points. They obviously don't have the talent Auburn has (even an average SEC roster like Auburn currently possesses), they're playing inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, and while new Mexico State had won six straight, Auburn had won three straight SEC games and was carrying every bit the confidence and swagger that New Mexico State was into the game on Saturday. Or, we thought Auburn was carrying that same swagger and confidence into the game. Hugh Freeze took issue with his team's effort and energy during the postgame press conference. He also took the blame, saying that ultimately falls on the coaches and himself. From the press box, New Mexico State looked better coached, better prepared, more poised and more confident from start to finish. It was shocking to witness. More of The 3-2-1 inside...