It’s the end of the first semester in the college football season, and in the final exam against Florida, the Auburn Tigers finally showed some signs of confidence and improvement.
The Tigers have been fluctuating between solid, mediocre and sometimes just bad. The bad was really at the beginning of the season, some in the middle of the first half, and they have shown signs of real improvement since then.
But, remember – and dare I say it again – this is a completely new and different team than the one that ran out last year to win the BCS National title.
18 starters gone and major talent jumping to the NFL certainly doesn’t help a team made up of freshmen and inexperienced upper classmen in getting something going.
Head coach Gene Chizik realized all this when they came to preseason camp, and set out to work for the future.
Think about it, you haven’t heard any talk about championships or bowl games from him.
In Chizik’s mind all that will take care of itself, as long as they go about the plan he has set out to run.
And, so far it seems that everything is running according to plan.
What that means is getting improvement, confidence and experience in playing in this league.
As Auburn heads into the second half of the season, they have some momentum, but will be facing a buzz saw right out of the gate in LSU.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves and look at where they’ve come from first.