Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn was more than deserving of the Coach of the Year trophy he grabbed foe himself last week. He’s taken an Auburn team that was 3-9 last season and now has them a little over a week away from playing for their second BCS National Championship trophy in the past four years,
Some may think that with such a quick turnaround and not many people expecting them to be in this position at all, there’s not really a lot of pressure, but there is, and it comes from not their own fan base or school, but from their brethren in the SEC.
Should the Tigers defeat the Florida State Seminoles in Pasadena, that will mark the eighth consecutive title for the Southeastern Conference. Because of this streak, the conference has developed somewhat of a complex in letting everyone know that they are the dominant force in the college football world, and now it’s on the Tigers’ shoulders to prove that again.
But, Malzahn isn’t worrying about all of that. He’s more worried right now about this juggernaut of an FSU team that stands in front of him:
“Each year is different and as a team you don’t really get caught up in that,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday. “We’re playing a big-time team. I don’t care what conference they’re from, we’ve got our hands full. We understand that. That’s for fans and all that. We’re just focused on the game no matter who we’re playing.”