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Auburn Football: Reflection On Games Past, Preparing For The Iron Bowl

Tiger HistalmosAnalyst INovember 18, 2009

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Eric Smith #32 of the Auburn Tigers against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As I sit here in Birmingham International Airport and with an open week in front of the Tigers, much can be looked at from this season. 

Yes, it's ok to look back cause next week is the reason Auburn fans bleed orange and blue.

The season has had its ups and downs, with the regular season ending with more ups and a winning season guaranteed. 

Auburn's fast start to 5-0 made things seem right with the world.  There were issues, but Auburn managed to overcome themselves as well as the opponents. 

As the season progressed, it became apparent that the pre-season questions about depth took its toll on the boys in the blue jerseys.  Dropping three straight to Arkansas, Kentucky, and LSU due to poor execution and silly penalties.

Auburn grabbed an upset over the Ole Miss Rebels and an easy win over hapless Furman.

Last week's game versus Georgia was every bit the heart breaker with deja vu in the final minutes of the game, much like with Kentucky.

What has been good about this season is the fact that the offensive side of the ball has shown signs of life.  Sure much can be desired of its consistency, but at least more points have been scored this season.

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The defense has been much maligned with injuries, depth issues, and inexperience.  That, however, has not stopped them from being an opportunistic defense.  Forcing turnovers has been key to the Tigers success on defense, either scoring or setting up scores due to those turnovers.

Special teams has had many inconsistencies throughout the season on returns.  A Ferris wheel of players have tried their attempts at returns. 

Yet with all these problems, these young bunch of scrappy players managed seven wins.  One more win will provide the cornerstone for the Chizik era.

That cornerstone is the undefeated Crimson Tide who roll into Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

There is much chatter going throughout the state that Alabama will easily dispose of Auburn en route to Atlanta to face the Florida Gators. 

For the fans wanting nothing more for the Tigers to take a victory over their hated rival, the time is close at hand.

While others may enjoy sitting at home soaking up the college football scene, this football fan has the opportunity to visit another college venue; That venue is set in Lubbock, Texas to watch the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Oklahoma Sooners.

However, I have my eye set on the big prize. 

Nothing would satisfy me more to see the Crimson Tide's championship dreams be dashed to pieces in front of a majority orange and blue clad fan base. 

In short, Auburn is on the right track under this coaching staff, but that last possible regular season win would make it so much sweeter. 

Not to mention finally hearing some peace and quiet from the west part of the state.