SEC be Advised … Don’t Take These Tigers for Granted

By Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 in Football 5 Comments »
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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.

  1. Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

    Yea for the first time in 4 weeks, I too have hope -

    that Auburn can get it together and have a winning season. But still I’m not so sure if we can get it done without better QB – receiver play. Frazier has improved but he just seems to still have a ways to go.I’m pulling for him but he’s got to grow up quick for Auburn to finish 7-5 or even 6-6.

  2. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Hope and believing you can do it plays a major role in building a winning confidence. It started in the LSU game and If Auburn can win this Saturday it will go along way in helping them play well the rest of the season.

  3. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I seriously worry about this Saturday. I’m cautiously optimistic. I’ll be watching…with at least one eye open…;)

  4. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    It’s past time to prove it. And as much as I hate to say it… if our words are only a result of our gum’s flapping… expect moving companies to start leaving their business cards lying around Auburn. Sad to say… but these days words are cheap.

    WDE

  5. Im4Auburn says:

    Inspiring read and so true.

    Heart and attitude when times are down is what can help you turn it around. War Eagle to our boys in blue.