Gus ,like many,had the proper stuff to win this year.First bunch of luck no doubt ,second a good dual strength qb and a host of good wrs and backs.Now I know little of what he has coming back but unless he gets folks to run this offense he will be like PJ ...seven and five.Last night he had all he needed and they lost but did move the football well.Yep Chizik was a bad hire but he and Cam got the ring.
The beautiful thing about Malzahn's offense is it doesn't need a dual threat or pro style QB...he can make do with either. Look at his time at Tulsa. They led the nation in total offense with a QB that was a pro style passer and not a dual threat QB. He goes to Auburn, and turns Cam Newton into a Heisman winner in one season. Comes back to Auburn, and rides a QB who didn't get there until fall camp. For all the talk of Jameis Winston, Nick Marshall was the better QB last night.
Their defense is actually young. Their D-line is LOADED with young talent in Dee Ford, Carl Lawson, and Montravious Adams. They've got more studs on the way. They have a QB coming in that was the MVP of the Elite 11 QB camp.
It's like anything. Can Malzahn adjust and tweak enough during his time at Auburn to stay ahead of defenses that are trying to catch up to it? It's going to take a combination of stockpiling talent AND coaching. We'll see. I will say I do enjoy watching that offense go, just like I enjoy watching Oregon's offense and Baylor's offense.