Why Auburn’s Sugar Bowl History Is So Important This Year
One would think with the success Auburn has had recently that it would have gone to more Sugar Bowls. Actually that is not the case. They have not participated in the game since January 3, 2005. Remember that year? The 2004 season when Auburn SHOULD have been in the BCS National Championship. Just think if there had been a playoff then?
The matchups would have been potentially #1 USC vs #4 Utah (led by Urban Meyer and NFL quarterback Alex Smith), and #2 Oklahoma vs #3 Auburn.
That is our matchup this season. More on that next week.
In the 2005 edition Auburn played a Frank Beamer coached Virginia Tech team. Auburn went into that game needing to really make a statement to maybe impress voters to give them a split national championship. Well with Auburn only winning 16-14 and USC destroying Oklahoma 55-19 Auburn had to settle for second place. USC would be stripped of that championship due to rule violations related to Heisman winner Reggie Bush.
That team needs to be celebrated though. A team with a backfield that can rarely be matched. You remember those guys right? Jason Campbell at quarterback with Ronnie Brown and Carnell “Cadillac” Williams at running back. Oh let us not forget about Carlos Rogers at corner. All four of those guys were first round NFL draft picks.
I believe this team set up the run that the SEC went on when it comes to appearing in and winning national championships. Eight consecutive years appearing and seven times winning it all. The 2004 Auburn Tigers changed all of things in college football. Can this Tigers team change things with a victory? Maybe not to that extent, but maybe within itself. Remember Auburn has Jarrett Stidham coming in, and with a win momentum will be at an extreme high. It could be what changed the trajectory that the Gus Malzahn’s career is on. Maybe this is the moment it all changes. Again.
Phillip Jordan @pj_sports124
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