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Clutch win by Auburn, and first year coach Gene Chizik. The Tigers beat the Big Ten's Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl (38-35) with a field goal and 4th down stop in overtime!! Sweet.
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You can see at National Title to Auburn? that there was some "crazy" talk about Auburn winning it all this year. The Tigers started out the surprise team of the SEC, going 5-0. But the loss to Arkansas has brought Auburn back to reality. Still, it's looking like a really good year for the War Eagle.
2009 represents a watershed moment in the recent history of the Auburn Tigers, a big time football program who has had success throughout its existence. It went through a down year in 2008, a year in which it was unusually absent from anywhere the top of the SEC standings. In fact, the year was so dismal, that it led to a coaching change, and the new sheriff in town, Gene Chizik, has vowed to move on from the mistakes of the past, and bring a new set of rules and game plans into Auburn.
A record of 5-7 at Auburn is on part with a record of 3-9 or 2-1o at a lesser program. And the jolt of the record is what led to the decision to bring in Chizik, a coach who had tremendous success in the Big-12, and who was a favorite among the Auburn athletic department. Chizik enters an uncertain situation at Auburn, one in which the talent level, while not horrible, is clearly lower than it has been in recent years. There are some good players returning, but also, just as many if not more questions marks entering the 2009 season.
Offensively, the Auburn Tigers are going to have to figure out a way to move the ball more effectively than they did in 2008. Returning for to the QB position is Kodi Burns. Burns struggled mightily throwing the ball last season, in fact, only managing to come up with 2 TDs via the air attack. That is absolutely something that is going to have to change if he intends to hold on to the starting job, and hold off Neil Caudle, who solid spring, and could challenge Burns come the fall. In the meantime, it seems a given that until the aerial attack gets its sea legs, the bulk of the offense is going to fall on the rushing game, and the single most valuable member of that running game is returning back Ben Tate. Tate amassed 664 yards on the ground in 2008.
Without a doubt, the strength of this Auburn team is its defensive unit. Despite some key losses from its 2008 squad (namely the likes of Sen'Derrick Marks, Chris Evans, and Jerraud Powers), the Tigers defense still boasts a number of talented playmakers both up front as well as in the defensive backfield. The secondary is led by the two leading tacklers on the Auburn team from 2008, that being safeties Mike McNeil and Zac Etheridge. The linebacking corps, which will have to make up for the loss of Evans, still boasts a deep roster of talented players, in Josh Bynes, Tray Blackmon, and Craig Stevens. Some losses on the defensive front line will be harder to make up for, but still, the balance of the defense should be solid.
The Auburn Tigers are not a bad team; they just aren't all that good right now either. It remains to be seen how quickly new head coach Gene Chizik can come in and turn this team in the right direction, and whether than gets them back into bowl contention this season. The thinking here is that Auburn has too much talent, particularly on defense, to be a below .500 team again, and that 6-6 looks like a reasonably expectation, with a 7-5 season within the realm of possibility if the offense can come together.
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