Gus Malzahn is on the cusp of completing one of the most amazing turnarounds in recent memory. This year, he’s taken an Auburn team that was 3-9 last season under Gene Chizik and he’s transformed them into a squad that’s currently 10-1, ranked fourth in the nation and is getting ready for the biggest battle of the year against top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl this Saturday.
Now, that part about being ranked fourth in the country is very important. Malzahn hasn’t just made a 3-9 team better. No, he’s put a 3-9 team in a position to play for a national championship.
For that to happen, in addition to his team beating Alabama, he’ll also need Ohio State to lose to rival Michigan and Florida State to get upset by rival Florida.
Both Florida State and Ohio State will play at noon this weekend, while the Iron Bowl kicks off at 3:30 ET. So, the world will know by then whether or not Auburn has a chance to head to Pasadena to play for another crystal ball.
Malzahn, does not want to be one of those people that knows the outcome of the games involving two of the three teams in front of his, as he told AL.com when asked straight out if he’d be paying attention:
“No, I don’t,” Malzahn said.
The fact that we’re even talking about Auburn possibly playing for the title still amazes me.