Quarterback Shakeup at Auburn? Auburn, AL (AP) -- The big news in town following today's game is not the buzz about a blowout win over Florida Atlantic. Instead, reporters flocked to the locker room to try to make some sense over the game's quarterback moves. With a new offense in place this season, incumbent starter Cameron Newton has been anything but impressive. Last week against TCU, who to Newton's credit has a stingy defensive unit, the Auburn starter struggled to go 10 of 24 for 175 yards and a touchdown. The key was that he seemingly made adequate decisions for a quarterback in a new system, and didn't throw any interceptions. During today's tussle with Florida Atlantic, Newton was again shaky and was benched at halftime. His day of work led to the following stat line: 8 of 19 for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The key here was his decision making, which was admittedly pretty awful against a sub-par (D rated) FAU defense. The biggest offense against the senior signal caller was the interception that he threw on a forced ball into the end zone. When the second half began, Auburn fans were shocked to see backup QB Clint Moseley take the field. As he did, the Auburn offense seemed to pick up. In the quarter, Auburn scored 21 points, 6 of which came off Moseley's arm. The redshirt-Junior ended his quarter of play going 6 for 9 for 127 yards and the aforementioned touchdown, while not turning the ball over. He made great decisions and was on the money to open receivers. The real question coming of all of this is two-fold, but leads to the same result: was Moseley the beneficiary of a fairer set of circumstances than Newton in this game, or did he truly outplay Cameron enough to take his starting job? The Auburn head man, Coach Basis, weighed in on the state of the quarterback position after the game. "I really liked what I saw out of Moseley in the 3rd quarter. We've really been watching him in practice and have noticed that he has been adjusting to the new offense more quickly than Cameron has. Part of me benching Cam had to do with the fact that we were pulling away and me wanting to keep him out of danger, but it was also due to him struggling to make good decisions out there. I've already determined how we'll move forward with our quarterback position. Cameron Newton will start next week against Mississippi State, but he'll be on a short leash. If he struggles to maintain stability for our offense, we will look to see what Moseley can do against a much better defensive unit. Every SEC game is huge, and we can't let wins slip away due to being stubborn. If Cameron comes out and plays the way we know he can against Miss State, then he will start against Florida. If we have to bench Newton due to performance, it is effectively over for him and Moseley will be the man. I have explained this situation more in detail to both of them before speaking to y'all, so this isn't news to them. Now we just have to go out there and get ready to open our SEC schedule." Straight from the coach's mouth you have the story. Newton is basically playing for his football career against Mississippi State. It will be interesting to see how this one turns out next Saturday afternoon.