Former national championship Auburn football head coach Gene Chizik, whose four years featured titles, losing seasons, and everything in between, has caught yet another stray from a prominent voice in the college football world.
Big Tennessee, who is by nature, not a fan of the Tigers, believes that if Chizik had the roster Georgia head coach Kirby Smart won the past two College Football Playoff National Championships with, there’s a chance they’d have been rubbing elbows with Vanderbilt at the bottom of the standings — not competing with the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, and Michigan in meaningful postseason contests.
“I’m convinced you could have given Chizik Georgia’s roster in either of the last two years and he’d have been just as likely to go 4-8 as 12-0,” Big Tennessee prefaced before saying, “(The 2010) Auburn team winning a national title was nothing short of a miracle.”
The 2010 Auburn football championship team has become underrated
The whole premise of Big Tennessee’s blog was to point out that the Tigers had little talent surrounding Cam Newton on the offensive side of the ball. And that’s a fair point considering the Cole Cubelic stat he based the post on.
The only problem? The blog was titled “This Insane Cam Newton Stat Shows Just How Trash The Rest Of Auburn’s 2010 National Championship Team Was.” In reality, the Tigers had four draft picks during the 2011 NFL draft, which is admittedly a small number considering the numerous teams they beat who were essentially NFL factories. Alabama alone produced four first-rounders that year. But AU produced five draft selections and two of them, Newton and Nick Fairley, were taken within the first 13 picks.
While history will always look back at the 2010 Auburn Tigers as a team that Newton carried on his shoulders, it has now become criminally underrated in hindsight.