Have the Tigers Fumbled Away Auburn Football Fans' Season Hopes?


By Tamika Bickham

Football season is here. It's the time of year so many of us wait for, unless your team is losing. Auburn fans are trying to cope with a much different team from the one that claimed the 2010 national title.

Auburn football fans are slowly starting to feel a little uneasy.

"I'm feeling a little discouraged," said Auburn junior, Emily Manifold.

"It's definitely been a bit of a let down," said Auburn senior, Danielle Rhoney.

The Tigers aren't playing the way fans had hoped, kicking off the season with two big losses.

"Auburn lost a lot of games by wide margins last year and Saturday's game in Starkville, a loss by 18 points, they were just seeing a vision of what happened last year, happening this year right before their eyes," said CBS 8 Sports Analyst John Longshore.

Longshore says this is their third straight loss to an SEC team by 18 points or more.

"They just didn't seem very inspired," he said, "They are still having problems tackling on defense. Their quarterback is having problems finding receivers. Just watching an Auburn Tiger football team that we hadn't seen in a long time."

It's a team that upperclassman at the school aren't used to.

"National championship I was here, Toomer's Corner. Probably the most amazing moment of my life, of my entire life, up until now," said Rhoney.

"Everybody, the whole town, just ran to Toomer's Corner. When we got here it seemed like thousands," said Auburn junior, Wiley Bailey.

You can't walk far in Auburn without seeing constant reminders of their 2010 National Championship win, but unfortunately for Auburn fans, it's a far cry from where they are now.

"We lost some good players in the past couple years. I think we need some time to get used to the new players," said Rhoney.

"Without Cam Newton maybe Chizik isn't going to be so lucky, but we'll see," said Manifold.    

Longshore says don't count Coach Gene Chizik out of a job just yet.

"That national championship is going to buy you a lot of time. As this year continues on, if they struggle, if they continue to get beaten by double digits, and embarrassed, the Auburn nation is not going to put up with that," said Longshore.

Auburn will be back at home this weekend to take on Louisiana Monroe. Longshore says they are going to have a fight on their hands, but says they have the talent, so there's no reason the shouldn't win.


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