A Wounded Dog Is A Dangerous Dog
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is not taking any chances when it comes to this week’s match-up with Mississippi State. And as fans, you shouldn’t count it as an automatic win. I’m not saying that the Tigers won’t win. They will. They are three touchdown favorites and are playing a team with a red-shirt freshman at quarterback.
With that said, there’s still plenty to worry about. We talked in the last post about the Bulldog’s defense. They are no joke. But most importantly, while Auburn is chasing a conference title, MSU coach Sylvester Croom is trying to hold on to his coaching life – that can be very dangerous.
The Bulldogs have lost 35 of their last 41 SEC games. They haven’t won more than three games in a season since 2000. Croom has a total of six wins in his two years on campus. While publicly, Mississippi State officials say Croom’s job is safe, others aren’t so sure. Croom must win more than three games this year to have any chance of being invited back for a fourth season.
A win Saturday against Auburn would right the ship in a big way. Can it happen Saturday? Sure, anything can happen; ask Ron Zook and the Florida Gators. Will it happen? There’s probably a better chance of it snowing at Scott Field than State winning.
Auburn must still come to play. A wounded dog is a dangerous dog. That’s why Tigers offensive coordinator Al Borges and Tuberville have been careful to talk up this Bulldog team. Their defense could keep things close for a half, maybe longer.
The MSU offense is a different story. And that should finish the story. Auburn will win Saturday. They will win big. But I don’t look for it to be a cake-walk early on. Brandon Cox will have to connect on his short passes better and they must correct the issues they had in the red zone during the first half last Saturday. By 4:00 Saturday afternoon, Sylvester Croom will still be looking for that first win of 2006.
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