Cat Got Your Tongue

By Jeff Lippman - January 04, 2008

Or is that catch a Tiger by the tail?

Either way, Auburn has hit a snag. One of their nine lives has been drained by a nasty two-game losing streak against two teams who, frankly, they should be beating.

First, they lose a two-point closely contested battle on the road against St. Joseph's. St. Joe's is losing to teams like Northern Illinois by double digits...need I say more?

Next, they come home to Auburn and lose to one-time Top 15 team George Washington. Now, the Colonials may be going through a bit of a positive upswing after losing two games in a row at James Madison and at UNLV earlier in the season. They even managed to pull out a win against then-No. 10 Texas A&M at home. So I am not going to sit here and say Auburn should have beaten George Washington.

It was a good game. A two-point contest again. In the end, GW hit the shot that put them over the top and sealed their victory.

The big problem for Auburn, though, comes with what happens next.

Already having lost two games back-to-back, coach Nell Fortner, star DeWanna Bonner and company will need something short of a miracle to avoid stretching that streak of defeats to four. They next play in Knoxville against No. 3 Tennessee and then, as if it's any easier at home, come back to Auburn for a meeting with No. 7 Georgia. Oh yeah, the Bulldogs are undefeated.

What once looked like a breakout season is unraveling faster than the sweater in the song by Weezer. And it's not like it gets easier after that. Auburn immediately then goes to Kentucky, comes home for No. 11 LSU and later in the season has a home-at-home with undefeated Arkansas and meets Georgia one more time in Athens.

Good news, Auburn fans. The Tigers don't need to win all those games, but some would be nice, a majority preferred.

The Tigers have been compared - by myself, and a few others - to last year's Ole Miss team. That team didn't really start to make noise until late, and so there is still time for Auburn. But they still need to prove they have what it takes. They need to put fear in their opponents.

Of course, there is nothing more motivating than the desire to end a long losing streak...and all signs point to this current two-gamer stretching to four.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 03:48 PM on January 04, 2008

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