Auburn: The Wheels Have Fallen Off The Bus!

Jonathan KelleyCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers looks on during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

For five weeks Auburn football was relevant again. Fans were laughing at people for ever doubting the Chizik hire. Gus Malzhan was a genius, and the perception was that Auburn was the dark horse for the SEC West crown.

Two beat downs and an inexcusable loss to Kentucky later and we are right back to last year. Really—where is the vast improvement from the Tuberville era? The truth is there isn’t one. No really, this is the same team that went 5-7 last year.

People can sugar coat it all they want, but Auburn only has one sure fire win left. The Tigers still have a chance to win all the games they have left, but it is very unlikely. This loss to LSU wasn't just a loss it was a revelation.

Auburn has been in a situation to win every game this season until Saturday night. Auburn might have been better off from a physical, psychological, and emotional standpoint to have just stayed on the plains and forfeited.

The offense which had been struggling as of late was flat out awful, and a defense that had already been exposed was disemboweled by the LSU offense. LSU's offense going into this game was ranked in the bottom 25 of 120 teams.

Auburn made LSU look like world beaters and exposed themselves as a team destined for either the Papa John's or the Independence bowl. The only way Gene Chizik could take this team to Atlanta at this stage is if he bought tickets. This loss was not heartbreaking—it was deflating.

Last year this team lost a close heartbreaker to LSU and collapsed during the next half of the season. How well could it possibly react to the beat down it received this year. The good news is that Furman should be a definite win, but the bad news is that is the only game left that might be winnable.

Even with the struggles Georgia has had as of late, no one would say that Auburn will be favored against them. This last stretch of the season will show what Gene Chizik and his coaching staff is really made of. When fans are saying "If we beat Alabama it will be a successful season" that is never a good sign.

If he can pull of two more wins, this season will be a stepping stone; if he only wins one it will be an improvement; but if he loses them all it will be devastating. If Auburn truly is a family, then in the face of adversity it will strengthen and come together. However, some families are torn apart in the face of such things. What will be the end result for the Auburn family?