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Rooster'srule 06-26-2014 10:40 AM

Heres' a fun thought!
 
When South Carolina beats Allbarn and then beats them again in the SECCG :woo:.

One Big Question: Auburn Football 2014

June 25th, 2014 12:55 PM ║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink ║ Schools: Auburn


Alabama-Auburn-Football-26The 2013 Auburn Tigers might have been the nation’s most exciting team to watch. Gone was the “traditional” offense that Gene Chizik rode to a 3-9 finish in 2012. In was Gus Malzahn’s no-huddle, up-tempo attack. And a lot of points and yards.

Malzahn’s SEC champions had their share of fourth quarter victories, too. Washington State 31-24, Mississippi Sate 24-20, Ole Miss 30-22, Texas A&M 45-41, Georgia 43-38 and Alabama 34-28 were all tight games late. You might recall the pair of miracle plays the Tigers needed to vanquish the Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide.

With 14 starters returning — eight on Malzahn’s explosive offense — many are expecting the Tigers to match or better a 2013 campaign that ended just one minute shy of a BCS Championship. But we wonder…



Will the breaks go Auburn’s way in 2014?



Never in the history of college football has their been a championship-winning team that didn’t get a break or two somewhere along the way. The best teams take advantage of flubbed penalty calls, turnovers, clock errors, etc. Auburn did so last season. Auburn was darned good (on offense).

But look again at the close games mentioned above. Six wins all by eight points or less. A four-point win over MSU that came on a touchdown pass with just 10 seconds left in the game. A four-point win over A&M in which the Tigers scored their go-ahead touchdown with just 1:19 remaining. The tipped Hail Mary to beat UGA. The last-play-of-the-game missed field goal return to topple Bama. That’s a lot of close calls. Had a few bounces gone the wrong way, Malzahn’s first regular season could have ended with an 8-4 or 9-3 mark. Again, that’s no knock. AU won the games. But the difference between victory and defeat in many of their games were one or two plays in the final one or two minutes of action.

Typically, if you see a team get all the breaks one year, you can expect many of the same kinds of breaks to go against that team the following season. There’s no science behind that, of course, but it’s become accepted as a truism by most sports fans. So will the Tigers improve so much in 2014 that they’ll no longer need so many last-second heroics? That has to be the aim for the Plainsmen and many, many people seem to believe that’s exactly what will happen. Auburn’s name is popping up in quite a few College Football Playoff prediction columns this summer. The belief seems to be that if Malzahn could get AU to the BCS title game in his first year, the sky’s the limit in his second go-round.

But if Auburn maxed out last season and Malzahn squeezed the absolute most from his squad, what happens when the Tigers find themselves in a few more nailbiters in 2014? Will his team — well coached and confident — pull off the same clutch-type plays as it did a year ago? Or will the breaks bounce the other this fall?

For Auburn, the hope is that last year was just a taste of what Malzahn and his Tigers can do. Otherwise, don’t expect Auburn to pull it’s fanny from the fire with such regularity in 2014. As the old saying goes, “The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s ass every day.”

TonyVercetti 06-26-2014 10:47 AM

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They probably wont even make it to the SECCG.

HeadCockFan 06-26-2014 10:56 AM

Re: Heres' a fun thought!
 
Screw Auburn. Why are we talking about them in the cockpit?

jrussjr 06-26-2014 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by HeadCockFan (Post 4191042)
Screw Auburn. Why are we talking about them in the cockpit?

It's the off season???

Rooster'srule 06-26-2014 11:11 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by HeadCockFan (Post 4191042)
Screw Auburn. Why are we talking about them in the cockpit?

Yep! Should have gone in "Smack Talk" :bow:

Thenardier 06-26-2014 12:24 PM

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The first sentence made me lol

Rooster'srule 06-26-2014 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Thenardier (Post 4191128)
The first sentence made me lol

"Alabama-Auburn-Football-26The 2013 Auburn Tigers might have been the nation’s most exciting team to watch."

Yeah, I didn't think they were very "exciting" either. Pretty funny though, "Nation's most"

rolinb1 06-26-2014 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Thenardier (Post 4191128)
The first sentence made me lol

so did yours...:lol::rotfl::shotgunc:Thenardier have fun life is short

roosterdude21 06-26-2014 02:53 PM

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we certainly had our chances last time

Thenardier 06-26-2014 03:30 PM

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SC is snakebit, when it comes to Auburn. So I wouldn't presume to beat Auburn OP.

paynemd2 06-26-2014 03:43 PM

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Auburn used up all their luck last year, they wont be in the SEC Champ game this year. I'd love to go 1-0 vs them though

rolinb1 06-26-2014 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Thenardier (Post 4191303)
SC is snakebit, when it comes to Auburn. So I wouldn't presume to beat Auburn OP.

yes this is true and once was true of arky as well...that said I don't presume to beat anyone every since Navy...

Thenardier 06-26-2014 11:36 PM

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http://www.al.com/auburnfootball/ind...respected.html

Thought you guys would enjoy this Spurrier blurb.

CockyLifer 06-27-2014 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Rooster'srule (Post 4191060)
Yep! Should have gone in "Smack Talk" :bow:

:thumbsup:

CockyLifer 06-27-2014 01:30 AM

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Can't wait till it's season again!

CockyLifer 06-27-2014 01:30 AM

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:clap:
Quote:

Originally Posted by HeadCockFan (Post 4191042)
Screw Auburn. Why are we talking about them in the cockpit?

:clap::woo::cocky::thumbsup:


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