Tigers Prowl the Outback

By MikeBullock  |   Monday, December 07, 2009  |  Comments( 2 )

Auburn Tigers
Got something to say?

Log In above and share your thoughts on this topic with other fans!

The Tigers no longer need to wait and see who their final opponent of the 2009 season will be, as it was announced last night the Tigers would face the Northwestern Wildcats in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Returning to the Outback Bowl for the first time since a painful 43-14 blowout to the Nittany Lions of Penn State, Auburn has a chance to prove their fight to the finish and eventual loss to #1 ranked Alabama last week was no fluke. Few teams have played the Crimson Tide as close as Auburn was able to and if the Tigers’ first year head coach, Gene Chizik can keep his team on that same track, Northwestern should see their hopes of a post season victory clawed to death to start the New Year.

Northwestern, on the other hand, has won four of their last five games, including impressive wins against fourth ranked Iowa and sixteenth ranked Wisconsin. However, history is not on the Wildcats side, having not won a Bowl game since 1949 when they won the Rose Bowl.

When asked about his team’s acceptance of the Bowl Berth, coach Chizik had this to say, “I think it’s huge. What we wanted to do was this year start building a foundation for what we think is going to be a great, great future. I think this is a great culmination of a lot of hard work and a year’s worth of setting that foundation.”

While Auburn has many ups and downs this season, there’s no denying coach Chizik has started building a great foundation this seasons. When the Tigers clash with the Wildcats on January 1st, we’ll see firsthand just how solid that foundation is and hopefully get a nice glimpse of what Tiger fans can hope to see in 2010 and beyond.
Got something to say?

Log In above and share your thoughts on this topic with other fans! (2)

Article Tools Share!   |  RSS  |  Bleacher Report About Bleacher Report