Auburn Football: Tigers' Terrible Start Will Lead to Regime Change

Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 8:  Coach Gene Chizik paces the sidelines late in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State in a NCAA college football game on September 8, 2012 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Auburn looks terrible, and there is no way they will turn around their play enough to prevent this dismal season from costing Gene Chizik his job. 

Sure, the coach is only two seasons removed from leading the Tigers to the national championship, but in the hectic, what-have-you-done-lately world of college football, Chizik is not doing enough. 

The Tigers edged Louisiana-Monroe, 31-28, on Saturday to earn their first win in three games this season. At least the the Tigers secured the victory, but they needed more than a close win over Louisiana-Monroe to show this season holds any promise for them. 

The Tigers entered this game needing a boost to their confidence. They lost their first two to Clemson and Mississippi State by a combined score of 54-29. 

There will undoubtedly be some who try to defend this win by pointing to Louisiana-Monroe's strength as a football team, as evidenced the previous week when they upset Arkansas, but it also should be pointed out that Arkansas lost 52-0 to Alabama this week. 

Auburn has shown nothing to suggest that they will be able to navigate their tough SEC schedule and come out with a winning record. And these dismal results will be more than Chizik's status as Auburn head coach can withstand. 

This is the same school that fired Terry Bowden in during the 1998 season after Bowden led the school to a 10-win season the year before, and Chizik got this job after the school fired Tommy Tuberville when a 5-7 season followed a four-year stretch where Tuberville led the Tigers to a 42-9 record. 

Consider that, other than the national championship 2010 season, Chizik is just 17-12 at Auburn. All of a sudden, the negatives for Chizik are beginning to outweigh his one glorious season, and his tenure at Auburn is going to be cut short as a result.