Re: SEC Football Discussion Thread
In the modern era (i.e. the last 30 years marked by Bear Bryant's final season) Auburn has a winning percentage of .711 (ranked 9th in Div 1 football). They are 15th overall if looking all the way back to pioneer times.
Looking at losing seasons for Auburn around this period demonstrates the argument:
In 1981, the Tigers were 5-6. They won the SEC championship in 1983 going 11-2.
They were 5-6 in 1991 and were 11-0 by 1993.
They were 3-8 in 1998 and played in the SEC championship game by 2000 finishing 9-4 having finished the season with two losses.
The Tigers were 5-7 in 2008 and were SEC and National Champions by 2010 finishing 14-0
They will likely finish with a losing record this season but Chizik's successor will inherit a roster loaded with young, high caliber talent built from four top ten recruiting classes in a row and he'll work in an athletic department that spares no expense concerning it's football program (his coaching staff will be the best money can buy), that also has a tradition of strong recruiting. There is no reason to believe that Auburn will not be challenging for the SEC championship again very shortly.
Tennessee, while also a traditional power, is mired in a half decade of struggle with no real reason to think a dramatic change is eminent. They are facing the possibility of having their fourth coach in 6 years and their department is also dealing with financial issues which could hamper their ability to bring "the guy" and his optimal staff.
So really context is pretty important. As stocks go, i'd be all over Auburn's.
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