Auburn University has had one of the elite football teams in college football for quite some time now. The team beat the University of Alabama six straight times and were really doing quite well. They had a great coach, a great team, and a great fanbase.
This past year, though, everything changed.
It was Alabama's best year in a while, and Auburn's worst—an 11-0 season for the Tide, and a 5-6 season for the Tigers. They already seemed to be out of the bowl hype, but they didn't want to give up.
The Tide had a lot to play for in that game and got what they came for. They obtained their first win over the Tigers in seven years, and a big win at that.
When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard had a 36 on Bama's side, and a zero on Auburn's.
This was all the Tide needed to get their revenge on the Tigers and clinch the SEC West. They later went on to the SEC Championship.
This loss really changed the whole atmosphere in Auburn. The fans have turned (more) obnoxious.
The University has fired their old head coach, Tommy Tuberville, and hired the worst coach of the Big 12, Gene Chizik. After only one bad season Tuberville was fired and replaced by a coach much worse than himself.
Auburn hasn't been the same since their 5-7 season. This could be good for the Tide.
Most fans in Tuscaloosa have been excited for next year's Iron Bowl, thinking it will be a better Auburn team they go up against, but with the immaturity on the other side, I believe Auburn will come prematurely. This means that Chizik will not be prepared for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide.
You see, Chizik is not as great a coach as many might think. His 5-19 record isn't all that "impressive," and he only has two years of college coaching experience. This will more than likely favor Saban's side.
We will just have to see what Chizik has to offer in the 2009 Iron Bowl. Can't wait!