The Unheralded Dynasty

Kevin BeardenContributor IOctober 13, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  The Auburn Tigers enter the field to face the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

This Saturday, the Auburn Tigers will take Pat Dye Field with a vengeance against the Kentucky Wildcats that will restore their belief in each other and put them back on track to dominate the SEC West Division.  As the entire college football nation wrestles with one another over who's the best in the country - with the two most talked about teams being SEC powerhouses, Alabama and Florida, under the radar, the Auburn Tigers are scheming and planning on the chance of a lifetime upset of Alabama at season's end and moving on to play Florida in the SEC championship game in Atlanta, Georgia.

One very important factor in making all this happen is to remember that Florida, under Urban Myer, has NEVER beaten Auburn.  What was that?  I said that the Florida Gators under Coach Urban Myer has NEVER beaten the Auburn Tigers.  That's a powerful psychological advantage - one that has been forgotten within the tangle of the Alabama - Florida argument of who's who and who's the best.  In the end, neither of the nationally acclaimed SEC powerhouses will be showing up during the last week of bowl games in 2010.  The irony is that they will both fall victim to a team that no one will allow to make it to that game either.  Tradition has proven that Auburn University has never achieved the status of recognition as that of other teams of their caliber - the level of recognition that has long been reserved for the Alabama's, the Florida's, the LSU's, and yes, even the Georgia's of the SEC, not to mention the near-royalty of teams such as USC, Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Indeed, Auburn is one of those teams that has to prove itself from the beginning to the end.  This, they shall do under new ownership and tutelage of Coach Gene Chizik for years to come.  War Eagle!!