Prior to Monday night's game, there was a lot of talk about Auburn extending the SEC's 7 game win streak in the National Championship Game. After the game, a Facebook friend and fellow Auburn fan commented, "…most of all, sorry SEC for letting you down." Let's stop right there...
My thoughts on this "Auburn letting the SEC down" business:
Yes, the "streak" is over of SEC dominating the national championship, and unfortunately it had to be with my beloved Tigers. However, let's not be so quick to say they "let the SEC down."
If you want to blame an Auburn team for letting down the SEC, blame the 2012 Tigers, winless in the SEC, and 3-9 overall. That team did not have the energy, spirit, and hope this year's team did. That team was quick to accept defeat and did not play "SEC quality" football.
It is hard to "let someone down" when you were never really expected to accomplish a specific task. The Auburn team was the the underdog most of the season, and definitely the championship game. However, that wasn't good enough for AU! This 2013 Auburn team (with a majority of the same players from 2012) has done nothing but excite and bring attention to Auburn fans and college football fans alike. In arguably the biggest turn-around in college football history, the Tigers played to the very end, never gave up, and made it all the way to the National Championship Game. The SEC should be proud to have a team that can provide such attention, excitement, and enthusiasm! SEC, be proud that amazingly a team who was winless in your conference last year could have such a turn-around to (out of all the teams in the country) deserve, yes deserve, a chance to play for a national title. That speaks to the strength of football in the SEC! I expect to see more teams turn around soon because that's what the SEC does. Gives quality, exciting football from players with incredible talent and heart.
As an avid Auburn fan, I can tell you that the players on this 2013 team have incredible heart and drive, and they gave us thrilling football as a result. They fell just short of giving us the win, but the Tigers did not let the SEC down. They made it proud. They made me proud.
Thanks for an outstanding season and War Eagle!