After winning the SEC West by knocking off the No. 1 team for the second time in three weeks, Auburn plays Georgia in a rematch Saturday in the SEC Championship Game at 3 p.m. CT in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
How did the Tigers get there? Well, it hasn’t been an easy road. Six weeks ago, everything seemed like it was in shambles on the Plains. Fans questioning the play calling between head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, but now, this two-loss Auburn team is playing for an SEC Title with hopes of much more.
Auburn’s first loss of the season came to Clemson in week two. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sacked 11 times in Clemson’s route to a 14-6 victory. Auburn would then go on to win it’s next four games taking down Mercer, Missouri, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.
In week seven, Auburn hit the road to Baton Rouge to take on the Tigers of LSU. Auburn jumped out to an early 20-0 lead, but the purple-and-gold Tigers scored twice to make it a 23-14 game at the half. In the second half, LSU clawed all the way back to beat Auburn 27-23 handing the orange-and-blue Tigers their second loss of the season.
Since losing to LSU, the goal for Auburn was to win each and every single game left on the schedule, leaving no margin for error if they wanted to play for an SEC Championship. The Tigers then beat Arkansas, and Texas A&M on the road, and followed that up by taking down the then No.1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs 40-17 at home, holding the Nick Chubb and Sony Michel running back duo to just 48 yards on the ground.
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A week later, Auburn took care of Louisiana-Monroe setting up a top-ten matchup in the Iron Bowl with the winner heading straight to Atlanta, exactly like the 2013 season.
Auburn beat Alabama 26-14 last Saturday to win the Iron Bowl and the SEC West. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham was 21-for-28 for 237 yards. He also rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown. Running back Kerryon Johnson injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter and was taken out. Alabama was averaging 479 yards of total offense and 41 points a game coming into the Iron Bowl, but the Tigers defense held them to 314 total yards and just 14 points.
So twice within three weeks, Auburn knocked off the No.1 team sending them straight to Atlanta to play for an SEC Championship and much more. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings. A win on Saturday against Georgia, and Auburn will make the playoffs with a chance at a national championship.
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