The Auburn Corner: Tigers on Cusp of Winning Season
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Every Tuesday right here you can read The Auburn Corner, where we’ll get into a different topic on the Auburn Tigers, break down the previous game, preview the upcoming game, and everything in between. In this week’s edition, Auburn took care of business in Nashville and now faces a road test at Arkansas to secure bowl eligibility and likely an above .500 season:
Make no mistake, with the Tigers sitting at five wins and New Mexico State coming to town next week, barring a complete and utter disaster of truly epic proportions, Auburn will get to the six wins it needs for bowl eligibility.
But with three games left, the Tigers have the opportunity to end year one of the Hugh Freeze era even better than that. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume Auburn is going to win the cupcake game against New Mexico State and have a guaranteed at worst 6-6 record.
The opportunity this week at Arkansas, where Auburn is a three point underdog, is absolutely massive to secure that seventh win. If Auburn could have seven wins going into the always “who knows” Iron Bowl in Jordan-Hare Stadium, the first season under Hugh Freeze will at least be a relative success.
The momentum is already there from a recruiting standpoint. And while things looked dire during the meat of the schedule for this year’s team, ending the year with a respectable record and even a win streak would speak volumes to what Freeze was able to accomplish in year one.
It all starts in Fayetteville this week with the Tigers having a chance to win a third game in a row in the SEC against an Arkansas team coming off their biggest win of the season in a 39-36 OT victory over Florida. Time will tell if Freeze and company can get it done.