For Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, the next three weeks could make or break his coaching tenure for the Tigers. With No. 1 Georgia coming to Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday followed by a visit from No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 25, he could regain the support of a fan base that has somewhat lost confidence in him with wins.
One CBS Sports analyst just doesn’t see the Tigers coming through.
“I just don’t trust Gus Malzahn to stay out of his own way in big games,” Barrett Sallee said on The Paul Finebaum Show on Monday. “He’s proven this time an time again.”
Sallee has a point, as the Tigers are 1-7 the last four years under Malzahn against top 10 teams, with the lone victory coming at Ole Miss in 2014. That includes a loss at No. 4 Clemson earlier this season in which the Tigers were kept out of the end zone and gave up 11 sacks.
With two losses, the Tigers still have an outside shot at making the College Football Playoff, but it would require beating Georgia twice and winning the Iron Bowl. Since defeating both rivals in 2013 on the way to the BCS National Championship Game, Malzahn has gone 0-8 against them.
Malzahn has what possibly could be his last chance to recapture the mojo he had in his first year on the Plains. Tigers fans will be watching with much anticipation.