Ten days ago, the Auburn faithful poured into Jordan-Hare Stadium hoping against hope that their Tigers could somehow be competitive against a powerful SEC West opponent, despite being three touchdown underdogs.
Three and a half hours later they stood together cheering their team as the Tigers left the field. The Tigers didn’t win that night but they had given their best effort of the year in standing toe to toe with LSU, the No.2 team in the country.
Someone has said, “The greatest test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart” If that’s true than this team that couldn’t give their fans a win – gave them hope.
Hope is something that no person and certainly no team, can survive without. Hope is the belief that circumstances in the future will be better. Hope keeps us going when times are tough and the outlook seems dim.
It makes the impossible seem possible. It has been the single unifying force that has kept families together, teams together, and even countries together during grim and bleak times.
Watching the Auburn Tigers stifle the LSU Tigers with a defense that made life difficult for LSU Quarterback Zach Mettenberger while holding the Bengal running game a 100 yards under their average, certainly gave me hope.
And more than hope, the Tigers inspired effort sent a message to the rest of the SEC … Don’t take these Tigers for granted.
As true as that statement may be though, Auburn can’t afford to take any of their remaining opponents for granted either. Sure the Razorbacks were trounced by Texas A&M last time out 58-10. But the Hogs’ offense gained 514 total yards including 373 through the air.
Key to Saturday’s game will be getting to All-SEC quarterback, Tyler Wilson. It will take another great performance by Angelo Blackson, Jeff Whitaker, Gabe Wright, Corey Lemonier, and Dee Ford. These guys have got to get to Wilson early and often. In fact the entire team needs to play with the same passion that saw them come razor close to beating LSU.
As Senior Editor, Jay Coulter opined in his Monday column, the Tigers next four games will make for a “Huge October.” If they can get some production from the offense, and play with the same intensity of their last game – then a winning season is not out of the question.
Defensive End, Dee Ford believes the Tigers can do it. Speaking after the game, he said the Tigers will keep it going, “We came with it, we’re going to ride with it and we’re going to carry that over to Arkansas.” That’s a man who has confidence in his voice.
That’s what hope will do for you.