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SEC Title Extra Points!

By on December 12th, 2013 in Football 14 Comments »
Extra Point

Parkey wallops another one home.
(Photo by Acid Reign)

     War Eagle, everybody! I think that it’s finally sinking in that Auburn is the SEC Champion, this season! It’s been a wild decade thus far, from champions to cellar-dweller, and back to the top again. This season has been particularly special, for two reasons. First, no one expected it. But the real surprise was that a number of things outside the control of the team fell into place to allow Auburn a chance to win another national title.

     Normally when Auburn is in the top five, bad things happen elsewhere. Number five Miami jumps number three Auburn for the title in 1983. The 1993 Tigers finished as the nation’s only unbeaten, untied team, and couldn’t crack the top three. The 2004 hard fighting soldiers went undefeated, and could rise no higher than 3rd in the BCS.

     This year, the Tigers would need help after a September loss at LSU. I don’t think any of us were expecting a national championship game, up till 4th and 18 against Georgia almost 4 weeks ago. Somehow, the ball bounced right in that one, and Auburn pulled out the victory! Then against Alabama, the Tide was trying for the win on a long field goal, with 1 second left. Auburn has been there, before, back in 1985. Van Tiffin wasn’t on the field, this time, and Auburn’s Chris Davis returned the miss 109 yards to put Auburn over Bama!

     Even with the SEC Title Game in play, Auburn was still on the outside looking in, at any BCS Title hopes. Somehow, it all worked out. There will be those in coming days who laugh at Auburn opening as a 7 point underdog against Florida State. I say to Tiger fans, don’t dwell on the negatives like that. The real story is that we, and the SEC have the respect of the nation’s writers, coaches, and pollsters. Auburn finished in the final pre-bowl poll ahead of Baylor, Michigan State, and Ohio State, all teams like Auburn, who have just one loss.

     Another group that clearly respects Auburn are the fans up in Missouri. Kudos to this bunch. In this state, we’re pretty accustomed to hearing lots of excuses and accusations when we knock off a top team. “Y’all cheated. Your team is thugs. Had the referees paid. Bought a quarterback. Lucky.” And of course, my favorite, “That chuck and duck high school offense won’t work in the SEC!”

     It almost never happens in this league for the opposing fans and media to give Auburn credit for actually accomplishing anything. My thanks goes out to the Missouri fans. I’ve really enjoyed hearing them talk about how great the Auburn offense is, this year.

Some Acid grousing, after the jump!

      The number one target for my angst this morning is the SEC Coaches All-SEC team. How does Greg Robinson get left off the two-deep on this team? He gave up no sacks all season, and was easily the best left tackle in the league!

     I’d also add that leaving Chris Davis off the return specialist lists is a shame, too. Davis also led the SEC in passes defended per game, but was relegated to second-team All-SEC in the defensive backfield.

     The Auburn Tiger rushing game was truly something to behold, this past year, particularly the second half of the season. Auburn finished first in the league in rushing yards per game, by almost a hundred yards over Missouri. Auburn had 11 more rushing touchdowns than their nearest competitor, LSU. Auburn’s Tre Mason finished the season with 1621 rushing yards, which was more than the entire Vanderbilt offense finished with!

     I must admit with some glee that it’s been fun being a lurker on some college boards, this week. The Mack Brown/Nick Saban “breaking news” posts out there have been pretty laughable, but I’ve enjoyed watching Bama folk squirm. Some of ‘em are still stinging about the Iron Bowl loss, and think that they can do better than Saban.

     My viewpoint is that unless Nick is really sick of Tuscaloosa and the pompous pachyderm population, he’s staying. Alabama still has the biggest pool of talent in the nation, and they’ve lined up a good chunk of another top class. Why in the world would he want to make a move to a dysfunctional Texas administration and try to rebuild another program?

     It would be pretty amusing if Saban did leave. I’ve asked my Bama co-workers who they think should replace Saban if he leaves, and the results are pretty interesting. It’s about half split between current defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, and Clemson head coach Dabo Sweeney. Coach Dabo at the Capstone… I’m finding that a hysterical idea!

14 Comments

  1. KungFuPanda9 KungFuPanda9 says:

    Acid, check the column code. I see a double post for the article.

  2. KoolBell KoolBell says:

    There is only one team that has won 3 SEC Championships in the last decade. One team stands alone. That team is Auburn!

    It’s about time that some of the football “luck” went our way. I still contend that the 2004 team, and the aftermath of the Oklahoma choke job in the BCS title game, has led to the SEC finally getting some national media love.

    Truthfully, it does not hurt that Alabama went on that run they had. It adds a tremendous amount of clout, and luster, when you do beat them.

    As far as Saban goes, I could care less what he does. If he stays, he has his hands full with Gus and this staff. If he goes, he has a much better chance at making the playoffs each season at Texas. I hope he makes a decision that makes him happy. I know at his age, those days are numbered. As far as quality of life, think of the differences between Tuscaloosa, and Austin. Two different galaxies really.

  3. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    A.R.,

    Great writeup, as usual. Glad to hear that someone (Mizzou) has some respect for Auburn!

    We had our weekly Baton Rouge Area Auburn “Coaches” luncheon yesterday and an LSU sidewalk alumni commented, “You guys must be crossing your fingers that Saban will go to Texas!” I immediately replied, “We couldn’t care less what Saban does. We have our coach and we’re going to the National Championship and they’re NOT!” There was sudden silence!

    EVERYONE knows, win or lose:

    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT THE SEMINOLES !!!

  4. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    You are right Acid, the Saban to Texas thing is fun to watch, kind of like slowing down on the road to see a wreck. There is even a live blog on al.com right now called the Saban Watch. That sound you hear all around the state right now is Bammer teeth (whatever they have left) grinding and hand wringing.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      I I hope Saban stays at least one more year so that the updyke nation can watch their superstar coach’s team get skull drug, caveman style by the ’14 Tigers……in updykeville.

  5. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    My brothers response to all the Texas rumors was hilarious… “If he’s gonna continue to coach like he did in the Iron Bowl and let the best QB recruit in the history of the state go to FSU the I’ll help the m’fer pack”… Lol that’s too flipping funny. I hope Saban can string’em along at least for another week.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      I thought my brother-in-law was going to get whiplash yesterday evening. We had the evening TV news broadcast on in the background and every time he heard the phrase “Breaking News” he would whip his head around so fast that I swear his chin hit Mach II.

  6. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Mizzou fans are great! FSU fans, not so much.

    As for that 7 mil contract on Saban’s desk…there’s no punitive action if he takes his sweet time. The fact that some Bams actually think that Dabs would be an improvement over Saban is more of a measure of their delusions (WOW!) than anything else. Maybe Saban will go to Texas, maybe not (although, you know, Mack Brown has to be ousted first…details, details), but he won’t go to the NFL. Not yet.

    War Eagle, y’all!!

    • MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

      I sat close to several Mizzou fans and had great conversations with them during breaks in the game. More than one said congratulations to me after the game. In you wildest dreams, could you see that happening in Tuscaloosa or Athens.

      • win4au says:

        Heck no that wouldnt happen! It would not happen at UF either. My friends got spit on and beer thrown on them in the swamp. UF fans are just as bad!

  7. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    Anyone who wants to get a real laugh, read the Fox Sports article on the internet, “Why Vegas Likes FSU and not Auburn”. Hang on to your seat, you may fall on the floor laughing at their logic. It is loaded with cliches and bogus reasons why THE SEMIHOLES will really kill Auburn. It will be nice to see what thay have to say after the BCSNC game. Just let them be updykes as long as they want.

    We all know, WIN OR LOSE:

    IT’S GREAT TO BE AN AUBURN TIGER !!!

    WAR EAGLE !!!

    GO BIG BLUE !!!

    BEAT THE SEMINOLES !!!

  8. restless6 says:

    Looks like the Heisman voters are going to award a guy who will be named in a rape civil suit today.

    Al.com posted that the accusers will hold a press conference today.

    Oh, and the dual jackasses, Finebum and Olberman took a few jabs at Auburn last night.

    The SEC network should just go ahead and call itself the Updyke Channel since Pawwll is the self-proclaimed lead personality.