I live in Metro Atlanta and am constantly flooded with SEC Dominance talk through the local paper, blogs, etc. I can't believe from what I've been hearing (David Pollack on ESPN or these SEC homer local bloggers) that FSU is the favorite in this game....by a lot.
I'm struggling with a couple of things, Tomahawk Nation - please help me understand.
1. FSU is not "battle tested" and therefore we MUST have a disadvantage against Auburn, who has been "battle tested" about 5 times. To me that sounds like something an "expert" once said on a show that stuck with everyone and now you can't possibly win a game, unless you are BATTLE TESTED !!!. On the other hand, it also tells me you almost lost 5 times. FSU has not 'almost lost' this year.
2. From an analytical point of view, I would say that our D is on par (+/-) with Alabama (gave up 21 points to AU) and our O is better than Missouri's (scored 42 points). I wouldn't be surprised if we won 45 - 20. All this talk about Auburn's running game. That is all they do. Use GT as an example, when a team has even two weeks to figure them out, they get beat, or even a month (look at their bowl game records/scores of late). I think we have plenty of time to figure them out.
3. The last point to make to the AU nation. If you had not caught that hail mary against UGA - you would be in the chick-fil-a bowl. If you had not returned a missed field goal against bama (and lost on the FG kick or in OT) you would be in the Music City Bowl. Just because you won those games does not make you a better team than if those plays hadn't gone your way. What would the spread be if Auburn had lost those two games? I submit to you that it would be way north of 8.5 points.
I think the luck has run out, Noles win BIG.