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Auburn exceeded expectations like no other team in 2013, and now the question is whether the Tigers can be effective when they’re not playing the underdog role. Despite recent injuries on the offensive line, this is a dangerous offensive team that has the potential to show more balance in 2014. But a defense that is still struggling to attain effectiveness could be Auburn’s undoing.
Florida State closed out the BCS era Monday night with a 34-31 victory over Auburn, claiming the last crystal trophy that will be handed out under the current postseason rules.
But even though the Seminoles have 365 days to enjoy their place on the college football throne, one of the first questions raised on ESPN’s postgame show was whether Alabama had passed the mantle of most-targeted program over to FSU permanently.
ESPN contributor Paul Finebaum – who has never met a football topic he wouldn’t use to troll Alabama fans – answered with a firm “yes,” surprising exactly no one. If only that were true.Continue reading …
We haven’t been big believers in Missouri the last two weeks, picking them to lose against both Ole Miss and Texas A&M (and being wrong both times). This will be the third straight week of no-confidence votes. Auburn’s biggest challenge will be not about what Missouri can deliver, but rather the inevitable emotional letdown that follows the Tigers’ literally last-second win over Alabama.Continue reading …
There’s really no other way to say it – Alabama didn’t see this coming.
Few people thought Auburn would be as bad as it was in 2012, but the number of people who expected the Tigers to be 10-1 and just on the outside of a BCS Championship Game matchup probably wouldn’t be enough to fill a taxicab. And that’s including Lee County residents.Continue reading …
Sources tell TideFans.com that Auburn first offered the job to Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who gave it strong consideration before eventually turning the job down. Auburn is also believed to have gauged interest from Jimbo Fisher, Gary Patterson and at least one other major college coach, but could not find a willing dance partner. Bob Petrino was never seriously considered by the people charged with actually making the decision. Enter Gus Malzahn.Continue reading …
The real issue for Auburn is the early defection of 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton at quarterback. Only the fear of Auburn’s unique offense would seem to lend any hope to the Tigers being more than a mid-level player this season.Continue reading …