2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Auburn became a real, live player.
There’s nothing all that sexy about your 2019 Auburn Tigers.
They’re not ripping through everyone in their path with an unstoppable offense that hits home run after home run – at least not yet – like the 2013 team did.
The Oregon game was certainly amazing at the end, but there haven’t been any miracles or Team of Destiny moments yet.
The defense has been fine, the running game is decent, and freshman QB Bo Nix has played four college football games without having an accident, but even with the amazing 57-yard touchdown run from Anthony Schwartz, there’s no flash.
Unless you’re Wisconsin – where the offensive line is an institution now – it’s hard for fans to get too jazzed up about tremendous line play and methodical wins.
So Auburn isn’t showing off the pyrotechnics like Oklahoma and Ohio State are blasting off. Neither one of those teams has a win as strong as what the Tigers did against the Ducks.
So there aren’t the jaw-dropping NFL skill talents like Alabama and Clemson can boast. Bama’s best win is over Duke, and Clemson got to play Texas A&M at home. The ACC Tigers scored 24 on the Aggies. Auburn went on the road and put up 28 in Kyle Field.
Oklahoma got a national TV spotlight when it played Houston. Tulane took down the Cougars, too. Auburn handed the Green Wave their only loss so far with a strong 24-6 performance.
But now comes the real fun. Auburn does get a few tough games at home – Georgia and Alabama, yippee – and it has to go on the road to face Florida and LSU.
Will the Tigers go 11-1 or better and play for the SEC Championship? Probably not – the schedule is way, way too nasty.
Will they royally screw up someone else’s season and be a tough out each and every week, sort of like 2018 LSU? As the performance in College Station showed, absolutely,