The trick with projecting that “other” football school from Alabama to the national title game is sometimes just a guessing game.

Auburn can’t sustain greatness, the way Alabama has over recent time.

Consider: Since 2008, Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide has lost as many games, 11, as Auburn has lost the last two years.

Auburn has fallen 37 times since 2008, yet has captured one national title and came seconds from winning another.

Auburn, historically, has to gear up for these things. It never had a coach named “Bear.” It has to take advantage of its advantages and squeeze every last drop out of the SEC recruiting playbook.

Sometimes, it needs a quarterback to get kicked out of Florida for stealing a computer, hiding out a year at a local JC, and then transferring in for a run for the ages. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.