Like 2013 Team, 2017 Tigers Have Something to Prove
Often overshadowed by the Iron Bowl game nicknamed, "The kick Six" the 2013 Auburn Georgia game was one of the most historic finishes in Auburn history. (photo: Shana Lockwood/USA TODAY)
Like most of you, I was shocked to hear the news that Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze had resigned Thursday. His abrupt departure dominated college football news over the weekend, and so we won’t belabor the story. However, in case anyone was out of town the last three days without TV or Internet service, and would like to have a complete review of the situation, check out Acid Reign’s comments from his latest post here.
The breaking news came during the Auburn Takeover of the SEC Network. Many were watching the 2013 Auburn–Georgia game known as, “The Prayer in Jordan-Hare.” All 14 SEC schools select their own 24-hour schedule, which often includes classic games from the past. Auburn chose six football games for rebroadcast, three of which came from the 2013 season.
SEC Champions, the 2013 Tigers lost the national championship game to Florida State. It was a tough and disheartening ending to what had seemed like a dream season. Yet, never before had the Auburn family been more proud of an Auburn football team.
The Tigers finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country in both the AP and Coaches polls. However, that was not much consolation for a bunch of young men who traveled so far in that comeback season. Winless in conference play in 2012, Auburn started out being picked to finish near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference. Instead, the Tigers won the SEC and came within 13 seconds of being crowned national champions.
What they and their coaches accomplished in such a short time was nothing less than miraculous. They captured the nation’s imagination, gave their fans hope, and restored Auburn to national prominence.
The team came from the very bottom to scale the pinnacle of college football’s greatest heights. After a disappointing 2012 year, the Tigers were determined to prove all their naysayers wrong …. which brings us to the 2017 team.
Coach Malzahn said during SEC Media Days that he senses for the first time the same determination amongst this year’s bunch. After falling short last year and ending the season with a blowout loss in the Sugar Bowl, Malzahn said the current team feels like it too has something to prove.
Combine that with the fact Auburn may have its best quarterback depth since 2014, the Tigers may well be set to have another special year. The journey starts Sunday when the Tigers begin fall camp.
Video of “Prayer in Jordan-Hare.”