Saturday night in Baton Rouge was everything Auburn people expected and more. Even the most optimistic fan couldn’t see a way out of Tiger Stadium with a win and the first half made good on that belief.
If you hung around for the second half, and judging from the empty seats in Baton Rouge few did, you got a glimpse of Auburn’s future. The team that had more quit in them than any in America a year ago, showed a resolve not seen in orange and blue in a long time.
What transpired after all was lost speaks volumes about where Gus Malzahn has this team headed. Make no mistake, Auburn was beaten by a superior team, but they never quit.
More than anything else, that’s something you can hang your hat on.
In the span of 30 minutes, Nick Marshall figured out he could play against any defense in America. Sammie Coates realized he can be among the best in the SEC. The much maligned Auburn offensive line discovered they’re not half bad. And what about those running backs?
In a lost game on a rainy night in Tiger Stadium, the new Auburn found itself.
Sportswriter Kevin Scarbinsky, who I view as the best and most objective in the state, chose to take a dimmer view.
Poking at Auburn fans yesterday, he wrote…
“What did you expect?… Did you think Gus Malzahn was some kind of wizard with a magic wand? Did you really believe he could wave that wand and turn Nick Marshall into Cam Newton and Gabe Wright into Nick Fairley? With one spring practice, one fall camp and one month of games?
One more question:
Do you prefer blue or orange Kool-Aid?
It may be a New Day at Auburn, but there’s one small problem with that cute slogan. If you want to play with the big boys, if you want to grow up and be a big boy yourself again, you have to be able to stand up to the likes of LSU in Death Valley after dark.”
I haven’t come across an Auburn fan who has suggested this team can compete with the top of the SEC yet. But there’s no arguing it’s a new day at Auburn. If you lived through a single game last season, you know things are different.
Pardon me why I wipe the orange off my top lip.
As I sip my Kool-Aid and look out over Jordan-Hare Stadium in my rose-colored glasses, I’ll make another observation. Auburn is closer to playing with the “big boys” than many predict.
They did a pretty good job of it in the second half Saturday night…
If anyone was still watching.
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