NCAAF  > General NCAAF  > Malzahn means everything to Auburn.
December 8, 2013, 02:59 PM
With what Auburn has done this year, amazing or miraculous can't even describe their season with much justice.

"Hail Marshall" and "The return" were obvious examples of extreme luck and good fortune that would have changed the outlook of Auburn's season to a much lesser feel if the Tigers had lost those games.

But almost every championship team has a moment or moments of luck that projected them to a high level.

Whether you give credit for Auburn's season to the players and coaches, or a never ending pit of good fortune, one thing is certain, Malzahn is a special coach who took a 3-9 team with many of the same players and turned it into a team with a No. 2 ranking. And he did it without a Cam Newton.

Incredible.

Gene Chizik lost his team last year. The players lost heart and didn't play for Chizik like they have played for Malzahn.

The scary thing is, if Marshall becomes a better passer or Auburn recruits a stud QB that fits the Cam Newton mold, the Tigers will be scary good for the next few years.

Malzahn has his players buying in. He also has them running his offense with such proficiency the 2010 National Champs would be jealous.

I'm nervous, are you?
December 8, 2013  03:16 PM ET

Neaux...I know of three games they won in the last minute...UGAly, Bama and MSST. Change those three alone and Aubie wouldn't even be sniffing this conversation.

I'm glad he got the guys to buy in, and that works for a bit (see USC this year and WVU a couple of years ago) but excellent coachingtalent will win out.

Did he bring excellent coaching? Time will tell on that question

December 8, 2013  07:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Neaux...I know of three games they won in the last minute...UGAly, Bama and MSST. Change those three alone and Aubie wouldn't even be sniffing this conversation.I'm glad he got the guys to buy in, and that works for a bit (see USC this year and WVU a couple of years ago) but excellent coachingtalent will win out.Did he bring excellent coaching? Time will tell on that question

BackRoads, that is a typical argument of the teams left sitting at home to watch the real team play for a national championship. Those last minute wins did actually happen because championship teams rise to the occassion when needed. Games aren't won by one play. We played 4 full quarters against those teams and the wins aren't defined by one play at the end. People seem to forget that AU rushed for 300 yards against Bama.
Also, Nick Marshall has been a work in progress. The Au team that hit the field the first game is NOT the AU team putting up 59 pts on Mizzous top defense. Nick Marshall only knew 25% of the offense in the first game because he didn't arrive in Auburn till Fall camp. Excellent coaching?? If you haven't figured that one out on Malzahn you are backWOODS.

 
December 8, 2013  07:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

BackRoads, that is a typical argument of the teams left sitting at home to watch the real team play for a national championship. Those last minute wins did actually happen because championship teams rise to the occassion when needed. Games aren't won by one play. We played 4 full quarters against those teams and the wins aren't defined by one play at the end. People seem to forget that AU rushed for 300 yards against Bama.Also, Nick Marshall has been a work in progress. The Au team that hit the field the first game is NOT the AU team putting up 59 pts on Mizzous top defense. Nick Marshall only knew 25% of the offense in the first game because he didn't arrive in Auburn till Fall camp. Excellent coaching?? If you haven't figured that one out on Malzahn you are backWOODS.

So, a little sensitive are you?

You say, on one hand, that the "lucky" plays are the result of the team playing the full game (not to mention the other team who also played the full game), and yet, on the other hand, you discuss if a team had played Aubie later in the season, blah, blah, blah...doesn't jive to me. One game (eg, UGAly) is basically because the other team "let down" for one play..and yet in the MSST game, if it were played later in the season it woudn't have been so close...meh.

I'll give you the Bama game with the miracle FG return...but the MSST game was a lucky throw/catch which allowed Aubie to get to the endzone (probably a breakdown in the secondary, who was young...as you alluded to with your QB then as well...hmmmm)...but the UGAly game...

The UGAly game...are you really thinking that the catch the receiver made was planned or anticipated by the WR? At All???? Come on Man....in baseball we call those "look what I have" plays.

But your team is in the BCS CCG (I think..haven't seen the BCS rankings yet) and if you think it is because you earned it???? Really??? On the surface..yes...you played the game and acheived the parameters set...but do you REALLY think your team is better than Bama in a 10 game series??? LOL

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