Sometimes in sports, the ball simply bounces the way of one team instead of the other. Teams can get lucky bounces or breaks, and that can sometimes be the difference between winning and losing.
Taking nothing away from the 2013 Auburn Tigers, the certainly had their share of lucky breaks. Take, for example, the Tigers’ win over the Georgia Bulldogs last season. It was fourth down with under a minute to go when quarterback Nick Marshall threw a long pass in the direction of Ricardo Louis. The ball was tipped by Georgia’s Josh Harvey-Clemons and it landed right in the hands of Louis, who raced to the end zone for a 73-yard touchdown that won the game.
If that wasn’t enough, in the Tigers’ season finale against their arch rivals, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Tigers got yet another break. With the game tied and only three seconds left in regulation, Alabama opted to try a 57-yard field goal from Adam Griffith that would win the game. The field goal came up short, and Auburn’s Chris Davis caught the miss in the back of the end zone. Davis proceeded to scamper 109 yards for the winning touchdown that claimed the SEC Western Division title for the Tigers.
Those were certainly a pair of good breaks for Auburn last season. The question is, will the law of averages catch up with the Tigers and head coach Gus Malzahn this season? And, now that Auburn has won the SEC title and appeared in the national championship game, can they handle the pressure of being the top dog this season? Only time will tell.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.