Amen Corner: Auburn One Win Away From Title Game

Michael AbbottContributor IIINovember 7, 2010

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers huddles the offense against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Amen corner.

Pat Dye used that term to characterize the last three games of the season. If Auburn could get at least two wins out of the three, they have a shot at the title.

This year is no different.

Florida isn't part of the amen corner anymore, and with a win over long time rival Georgia, Auburn will win the west and head to Atlanta. Georgia would love nothing more than to put that off until the Alabama game.

Coach Richt will have a difficult task considering Auburn's offense has actually improved over the past few weeks. Cam Newton isn't just a running quarterback; he's proven to be a passing threat too. Does Georgia load up against the run, or do they play a base defense against the pass as well?

They must pick their poison.

Georgia will put all they have into this game. Auburn's defensive coaches have to plan for any and all trick plays. Coach Richt will no doubt pull out all the stops after the early season struggles and the lose to Florida. The fans and alumni are hoping this will be a signature win to build on for next season.

The distractions of the week didn't seem to effect Cam or the rest of the team. The coaching staff has done a good job of keeping their heads in the game and leaving all that on the outside.

Really the only thing that could stop Auburn would be an outside distraction. Hmmm, I wonder how much that played into the timing of the story? It's funny to me that this has been around for a year and it just now comes out when Auburn has a chance to play for a national title.

I don't think anything will come of it. Auburn investigated it themselves before Cam hit the field. I think a lot of people will be disappointed to find that Auburn nor Cam did anything wrong, and it'll be business as usual for the Tigers, although a lot people in the national media seem to want it to be true.

I look for the Tigers to come out and take care of business and head into the Iron Bowl with the tickets to Atlanta in hand and a chance to go 12-0.