The Auburn Tigers will enter the 2011 Chick-Fil-A Bowl without a big chunk of their offense, as offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has left to be the head coach of Arkansas State and leading rusher Michael Dyer is suspended for the game. "I'm doing a good juggling act right now," head coach Gene Chizik said. "Time management is something I'm trying to spend a lot of time trying to balance out right now. It's a challenge, but I'm making it work."
Dyer ran for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns this season and his absence will be a big hit to an Auburn team that relied on him. Even with Dyer, Auburn had one of the worst offenses in the entire country, averaging just 328.6 yards per game but they were able to put up 24.3 points per game.
While Auburn is entering the bowl game in a disappointing season, the Virginia Cavaliers are coming in looking to pick up their ninth win of the season after competing for the ACC this season. The Cavs are led by quarterback Michael Rocco who will be looking to rebound off his poor performance against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The Cavs also boast one of the best offensive lines in the country, allowing just 15 sacks all season. The last time Virginia was in a bowl game was when they blew a 14-point lead late to fall to Texas Tech in the 2008 Gator Bowl.