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The Most Unlikely of Years

By on October 21st, 2013 in Football 21 Comments »

Trey Mason 2Look back over the past 25 years of Auburn football history and the best seasons have been during the most unlikely of years. Whether it was 1993, 2004 or 2010, its years like these that you remember most.

It’s much too early to put the 2013 team in that category, but there’s no arguing this is the most unlikely 6-1 team Auburn has ever put on the field. A year after scoring 81 points in eight SEC games, Auburn scored more than half that total in four quarters against the 7th ranked team in the country – on the road.

Steve Jobs turned Apple around quickly. Lee Iacocca brought Chrysler back from the dead. None of these cats have anything on Gus Malzahn. The idea that Auburn will be favored in all its remaining games leading up to the Iron Bowl is as remarkable a turnaround as anything you’ll see, regardless of what business you work in.

Only now are we seeing Malzahn’s true offense come to fruition. Despite impressive numbers his first go-around on the Plains, privately he complained that while he had his foot on the accelerator, Gene Chizik had his hand on the emergency brake.

With those barriers removed, we are seeing the true genius of Gus Malzahn. Who could have imagined a lightning fast offense that favors the run? I’m not sure we’ve ever seen anything like this at the college level. It’s downright freaky.

Is it too presumptive to call this offense the best in the SEC? Show me a team that has its quarterback, running backs and offensive line playing better as a unit than Auburn. If Dameyune Craig can get the receiving corp more consistent, this Auburn team will be hard to handle in November.

There are no guarantees in this business. Ask Georgia, LSU or Florida. While the forecast may look sunny today, we know the weather can change in a hurry. Auburn opens as a 28-point favorite over visiting Florida Atlantic. After Saturday, things get dangerous.

Despite two blowout losses in consecutive weeks, a trip to Fayetteville is never easy. Tennessee is enjoying a renaissance not unlike Auburn, although that plane will likely crash hard in Tuscaloosa this week.

It would be dangerous for Auburn players and fans to look beyond those two road games. Something tells me it will take all Auburn has to win both of them.

Auburn players believe. Auburn fans believe. The most unlikely of seasons is coming together. Saturday was confirmation of what we’ve suspected but unable to confirm; this football team is better than good.

Are they good enough to play on New Year’s Day? There’s no doubt. The only question that remains is how late in the day can they play on January 1st?


  1. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Unbelievable game. Auburn’s offense is looking stout! When we had Uzomah, Fulse and Prosch in there, it was like a steamroller hit the Aggies. Nine in the box? We’ll run over you anyway! Uzomah had his best blocking day as a Tiger, and I think Prosch did, too. All three of them brought their lunch pail to College Station.

  2. Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

    None of this would be possible without true talent in the cupboards…So apparently CGC and CGM were ACTUALLY winning the recruiting game over the last 3 years… We can at least be thankful that CGC didn’t leave us bare in this department. Look at all the Freshmen that are making plays this year. We just needed new leadership to rearrange the pieces and start putting the puzzle together…

    By nature, I tend to worry about the future and I know I shouldn’t even bring this up in the forum and I should just enjoy the ride but, again, it’s my nature…What are the chances that CGM could be hired away? Or any of our coaches for that matter?

    • wpleagle wpleagle says:

      Where’s a better coaching job and environment than the Plains? I used to worry about Gus jumping ship when he was OC, but I feel good about him staying at AU.

      War Eagle.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      I hope Jacobs is prepared for that eventuality. Somebody like oh….say…TEXAS, may come sniffing around. They stole two of our best assistants before (Chizik and Muschamp). They have more money than Davey Crocket and they will be looking for a new HC and staff soon. Gus, Garner, Johnson, Craig, Harbison, Smith, and Grimes are all top shelf. As we all know, Texas isn’t the only team that could be in the market. Gator fans are getting restless. So Cal is in dire need. And lest we forget, Arkansas is Gus’ home. They won’t put up with Bielema losing in horrific fashion for very long. We need to nail this staff’s footwear to the floor. In my opinion, it;s the best staff that has ever been assembled on The Plains.

      • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

        Rec’d! I was thinking more along the heartstring tug toward Arkansas. I know it’d be tough being changing within the SEC but TT did it… The ills of success.

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

    One thing’s for sure, Auburn football is FUN again! This belief and hope is infectious. I’m happy that they have the Owls this weekend, it will be a good tune up before we hit the meat of the schedule.

    It’s a bold new world! War Eagle!!

  4. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    I am not much of a NASCAR fan but it was hard not to take note of the race at Talledga. Jamie McMurray won the race with the AU logo on the hood.
    Pretty good weekend for Auburn.

  5. DaZeD DaZeD says:

    We are developing at a faster rate then many imagined. I posted back in mid-September that we’d be a viable opponent in Athens by November. I didn’t think we’d be “there yet” for the Iron Bowl but now thats looking like a possibility barring any major injuries between now and then.
    As for Malzahn leaving, I’m not to worried about that at this point. He turned down Vandy for ASU, and then he came back to us. Does that mean he sunk an anchor on the plains? No. He’s an ARKy native. Fortunate for us, he has a clone on the sidelines today that could potentially become HC material in years to come shoud CGM feel any gravitation toward home….Lashlee. For now, we need to keep the current staff happy, not meddle with them (from an AD standpoint). Think about it, Craig and Garner “came” from big venues to return to AU…its not like they’re focused on resume building in my view. they saw a travesty unfolding (Chizik) and it compelled them to want to play a role in restoring the magic to their alma mater. Its why they call it the future, no one knows whats going to happen, but everyone can prepare for it. Keep the staff happy going forward. Let this play out without trying to fix something that isn’t broke.

    • DaZeD DaZeD says:

      My bad…not Athens. Realizing the game is in on PD Field only reaffirms my contention that we’ll line up with an expectation to win and not settle for less. Our 3 worst games of 2012 were against TxAM, UGA, and UA. To quote Russell Casse from Independence Day…Payback’s a Bitch!!

      • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

        Dameyune Craig might be the hottest assistant coach in the country right now. He knows Xs and Os. He is an outstanding motivator. He is the best recruiter in the country. I expect him to be swamped by offers in the coming “off season”.

        • DaZeD DaZeD says:

          No doubt. But I do believe he’s also landed in the best Coaching 101 hotbeds in the country. Should he stay under the Gus program for a few years and learn from him, then more power to him for taking that experience to a higher level. Lets just enjoy what he can bring to AU during the training program. I still believe that Lashlee is the key should Gus make a heartfelt decision to return to ARKANSAS. I think there’s a huge upside to us having him under the Gus wing right now.

          • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

            I want Craig to take over at Auburn after Gus decides it’s time to hang up his visor.

  6. audude audude says:

    Just a quick note, here’s a TAMU reflection fo the game…

    Interesting his guy thinks Johnny Rotten can just turn off his INT’s….

    • DaZeD DaZeD says:

      Actually “his guy” is a chick…not only a chick, but a currently enrolled Turd at UA…

      About Andrea Hildensperger
      Texas native and current Alabamian studying Telecommunications and Film at The University of Alabama. Texas A&M Football correspondent at

      If you really want a laugh, go back to the article and back out to her list of weekly sports ariticles. Reading from bottom to top (Ariticle Titles) you’d think she’s a closet Selena Roberts wannabe. Regardless, she’s an idiot writer who will fail miserably in “Telecommunications and Film”…even at the capstone.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      I think a young lady actually wrote the article ( Andrea Hildensperger). She also thinks A&M would have won if Auburn had not continually knocked the tar out of Johnny Rotten.

  7. AUwaterboy AUwaterboy says:

    If the Tigers make it to a New Year’s day game, I’ll be there, right now I’m enjoying watching ’em every Saturday.

  8. mvhcpa says:

    “It would be dangerous for Auburn players and fans to look beyond those two road games. Something tells me it will take all Auburn has to win both of them”

    Truer words were never spoken. I think it all comes down to focusing on the game straight ahead of you to the exclusion of everything else. That was the one thing that the staff did exceptionally well in 2010, including Coach Chizik, especially with the Cam crud that was going around.

    I think Coach Gus & Co. can do the same in much less trying circumstances.

    Michael Val
    (who will always give Coach Chizik credit for getting us through “Cam-gate” so we could get the Crystal Football)

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      Agree with you on Chiz. I really liked….like the guy. I just can’t understand his inability or unwillingness to make the necessary changes that would have averted the 2012 implosion. To me, the changes that needed to be made were obvious. It must have been tougher from his perspective.