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2017 Auburn Football: Looking back and moving forward

The season had its lows, but boy, did it have its highs.

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13 games in 13 sentences

The 2017 football season was a rollercoaster for Auburn fans, but let’s be real — that’s become the norm. Below is a summary of each game from the 2017 season, in one sentence:

vs. Georgia Southern: “This defense looks pretty good!”

at Clemson: “Same story, different year.”

vs. Mercer: “Whew, glad that’s over.”

at Missouri: “Auburn’s defense is good.”

vs. Mississippi State: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

vs. Ole Miss: “The score was closer than the game.”

at LSU: “We’re mad and we’re cursed.”

at Arkansas: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

at Texas A&M: “Auburn overcame some adversity in that game.”

vs. Georgia: “YOUUUUUUUUUUUU”

vs. Louisiana-Monroe: “The weather today is perfect!”

vs. Alabama: “Beating No. 1 Alabama feels so good.”

vs. Georgia (SECCG): “Upset about today, but pleased with the season overall.”

They see me bowlin’ ... but where?

So what do we expect from here? Auburn will surely make a New Year’s Six bowl, and assuming that the final CFP rankings have Alabama ahead of Auburn, I suspect the Tigers will return to Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Considering their most recent performance in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Tigers might like a chance to redeem themselves on that field.

What about Gus?

There’s been a lot of speculation about Gus Malzahn’s future; will he stay at Auburn, or will he bolt for Arkansas? Malzahn is an Arkansas native and if you believe everything you read (which you shouldn’t), Arkansas is his “dream job.” That being said, he’s loved Auburn since his time as offensive coordinator, and obviously now as head coach. When asked after the SEC Championship Game loss to Georgia about his future on The Plains, he said he’s happy at Auburn and he wants to be the head coach at Auburn. It doesn’t get much clearer than that.

Nevertheless, Arkansas is expected to make a lucrative offer to have him come to Fayetteville. The ball will be in Auburn’s court to match (or exceed) what Arkansas offers. (Jimmy $exton is a wizard, by the way.)

If I were involved in the decision-making process, I would do everything I could to keep Gus in Auburn. He’s earned it, and I think the future is bright for the Auburn Football program. On the other hand, you can’t blame the man if he chooses to return home.

My thoughts

If Gus leaves for Arkansas, Auburn should make one phone call to Lane Kiffin. That being said, I think Gus will stay.

It’s been a fun season. We’ll have these memories forever. War Eagle.