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Mason (left) has been tremendous for Auburn.
Current Record: 8-1
The Tigers have been the feel-good story of 2013 as far as college football is concerned.
First-year head coach Gus Malzahn has made a strong case for Coach of the Year. He’s taken a team that had won just three games in 2012 and transformed it into an SEC title contender.
More importantly, Auburn is beginning to look the part of a BCS title contender.
Sure, a lot needs to happen in order for the team to get a shot at the crystal football. However, the Tigers certainly have the talent, and the schedule, that can help them get there.
Specifically, a win against No. 1 Alabama in the season finale would go a long ways toward reaching that goal.
And who’s to say Auburn can’t accomplish that?
Through nine games, the team has boasted the nation’s No. 5-ranked rushing attack (306.2 YPG). Running back Tre Mason (161 CAR, 921 YDs, 13 TDs) has been a huge part of that success and has been picking up steam, rushing for over 100 yards in three of the last four games—that includes eight touchdowns in that span.
Although he’s been shaky through the air, quarterback Nick Marshall (59.2 CMP%, 1,266 YDs, 7 TDs, 4 INTs, 139.1 RAT) has proven to be versatile, rushing for 520 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
The Tigers are starting to play some of their best football at the right time.
It would be a mistake for the Crimson Tide, or anyone, to overlook these guys.