Auburn Football: Why the Game Against Samford is Important

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Nov 8, 2014; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall (14) and quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) walk off the field after the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Jordan Hare Stadium. Texas A&M won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

A Loss Would Be Disastrous

Auburn should beat Samford easily. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they will.

Michigan should have beaten Appalachian State in 2007. Instead, the Mountaineers delivered a dramatic victory over the nation’s fifth ranked team from which the Wolverines have never fully recovered.

And they are not alone.

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  • Arkansas should have beaten The Citadel in 1992. That loss cost Jack Crowe his job. Florida should won in The Swamp last season against Georgia Southern. That loss probably should have cost Will Muschamp his job.

    Virginia Tech should not have lost to James Madison in 2010, and Oregon State and Kansas State should have been able to handle Eastern Washington and North Dakota State last year. Those three FBS teams were ranked in the nation’s top 25 when they lost to FCS opponents.

    Even teams in the Southeastern Conference aren’t immune. Ole Miss should have beaten Jacksonville State in 2010 and Mississippi State somehow lost to Maine in 2004.

    Overall, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oregon State, Pitt, Stanford, TCU, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are Power 5 conference teams that have lost games they should have won against FCS opponents since 1999.

    It can happen, and if the Tigers don’t take Samford seriously enough, and don’t understand that this game is important, it could happen Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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