Texas A&M will prove if Auburn is lucky or legitimate

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We’ve seen this scenario play out for Auburn a couple of times before.

Auburn has either been given a loss early in the season or even given two losses before November. Under Malzahn, the Tigers had to rally and win out in order to get to the SEC Championship game. This year, Auburn is 6-2, and in my opinion, would not be in the position they are in had they lost to Georgia State earlier in the season.

So I’ve been asking myself this question – is Auburn lucky, or are they actually good?

Have they rebounded from the mistakes they made early on in the season? Have they actually adjusted? Or have they benefitted from playing LSU, Arkansas, and Ole Miss at opportune times?

This weekend against Texas A&M will prove a lot. Auburn hasn’t ever lost in College Station, and if they win again this weekend I’m curious to see what the excuse will be from the national media. To be quite honest, even saying Auburn is a “team of destiny” or something similar is somewhat of an excuse for opposing teams. It’s almost never “this Auburn team is actually good. They’re talented, and they win because of their coaching.” It’s usually complaints about the officiating, the breaks, and the luck. None of which I’m completely discounting. There are times where Auburn has caught breaks this season.

But I think this game against Texas A&M will shut down the destiny narrative. A&M is as talented or more talented than Auburn. Arkansas and Ole Miss aren’t. A win for the Tigers would prove that Auburn is just simply a good football team. If Auburn loses, then it kills the talent narrative and the Tigers are most likely staring an 8-4/9-3 season in the face with a couple of lucky breaks here and there. At least, according to the national media.

Kickoff between the No. 13 Tigers and the No. 14 Aggies begins at 2:30 p.m. central time this Saturday on CBS.

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