This season has been an absolute nightmare for the Auburn Tigers, but beating Alabama in the Iron Bowl would be a significant consolation prize to Auburn and their fans.
It's a pretty simple concept: if they beat the Crimson Tide on November 24, they will deny Alabama an opportunity to defend their national championship.
The heavens opened up for the Crimson Tide on Saturday when both No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon lost. After Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M seemingly vanquished the Tide's dreams on November 10, they have a second chance at a repeat.
After the mighty have fallen ahead of Alabama, it is Auburn's turn to play spoiler.
The only problem is that Jonathan Wallace is no Manziel, and Gene Chizik is no Kevin Sumlin. In fact, Chizik has become the poster boy for lame duck coaches. The proud Auburn Tigers football program has sunk from a national championship in 2010 to a dreadful 3-8 record this season.
How badly will Alabama beat Auburn?
Most embarrassing is the Tigers' 0-7 record in the SEC.
If they don't beat Alabama, the Tigers will be winless in the conference for the first time in 32 years. That's a long time, and a dubious distinction no member of this team wants to be associated with.
Can they stop it from happening?
Honestly speaking, probably not.
If Auburn is to have a shot, it will need a spirited effort and a good measure of luck.
The Tigers have to travel to Tuscaloosa to get the job done. If you consider the Tide's title hopes have new life, and the game is on the road, even the biggest Auburn homer would have trouble fathoming a win for their team.
They have to make this their BCS Championship Game. If nothing else, they can at least finish the year with some dignity.
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