As the calendar runs out of days to cross out for the month of October, the Auburn Tigers find themselves in the cellar of the SEC West with a 1-6 record.
After a horrible two weeks on the road, can Gene Chizik save his job with a four game homestand that begins this weekend with Texas A&M?
Let me be blunt. No.
As many have opined, Auburn president Jay Gouge’s letter to the Auburn family on Thursday was anything but a show of support for Chizik (and athletic director Jay Jacobs, for that matter) from the most powerful man at Auburn University.
It would take a miracle for Chizik to be walking the Auburn sidelines in 2013. We’re talking like 1980 “Miracle on Ice” level here.
Coming up, Auburn has Texas A&M, New Mexico State, Georgia and Alabama A&M making their way to Jordan-Hare Stadium before the final game of the season in Tuscaloosa.
If Chizik wants to have even a smidgen of a chance to retain his job, Auburn will need to win all four games on this homestand.
They may even have to pull off an upset in the Iron Bowl for Chizik to keep his job.
Chances of these things happening are slim.
Especially when you consider that Auburn has been dominated by anyone with a spread offense this year like Texas A&M is bringing to the Plains. The “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” matchup with UGA is usually close, regardless of either team's record. The Bulldogs have dominated in recent years, though.
Auburn should have at least two wins on the homestand against a horrible New Mexico State team and Alabama A&M based on talent alone (if an Auburn fan tells you they aren’t just a little worried about the 6-1 Alabama A&M Bulldogs they may be telling you a fib).
Remember Samford taking the 2011 homecoming game to the fourth quarter?
Chizik will continue to fight for his job and say that he does not worry about things like job security. Barring a miracle, he may want to start worrying.