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Overall Coaching Record: 25-24 (fourth year)
Bowl Record: 1-0
While Chizik’s numbers aren’t particularly impressive as a head coach, a total of five wins in two seasons at Iowa State somewhat skew the numbers a bit.
Upon returning to Auburn after two years in Ames, Chizik led the Tigers to an 8-5 record and a victory over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl.
This year, he has the best player in the country. The problem is that player may have come with a price tag.
The Cam Newton Saga rages on and small pockets of doubt are popping up around the country regarding the quarterback’s eligibility.
While Newton is a large part of Chizik’s success, he is not the bottom line. Gus Malzahn orchestrates the Auburn offense with deadly efficiency.
With or without Newton, Malzahn makes the Tigers tick when it’s time to put points on the board.
Auburn has had plenty of opportunities to lose this season. Archrival Alabama was even nice enough to provide the perfect headline opportunity by jumping out to a 21-point lead after only one quarter.
But Chizik’s Tigers took advantage and made the Tide look the fool.
He has to be smiling as only South Carolina stands between the Tigers and a national championship bid.
Hopefully everyone is able to attend, including his star quarterback.