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Before the demise of Auburn football can be celebrated by everyone not connected with the Tiger program, a small bit of information should be considered.
In 2010 Auburn was hardly a preseason wonder with the gaming public. The Tigers improved during the season and by January were the best team in the country, when it counted.
Will anyone step forward this season to rescue their fortunes?
That cannot be predicted at this point but, we can suggest a historical precedent.
The last quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy at Auburn was Pat Sullivan. He led the Tigers to a 9-2 record and the Sugar Bowl in his senior year.
Conventional wisdom believed Auburn was finished without their star player.
The next year the Tigers went 10-1, beat Alabama (in the famous punt 'Bama punt game), and defeated Colorado in the Gator Bowl.
A better record and better results.
How did it happen?
It happened because the players did not care who bad-mouthed them, they just went out and did their job.
It has happened before, it can happen again.