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Revisiting the 2004 Auburn Tigers

So here is the link to Wikipedia's page on the 2004 Auburn Tigers football team. I've been seeing this team (and the relative strength of the SEC that year) thrown around in the comments section quite a bit, and I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit this topic. Two things stand out to me: First, the SEC was not as bad as we might like to think. Commenters (myself included) who say otherwise are engaging in revisionist history. Second, Auburn's success wasn't on the offensive side of the ball that year. They scored an average of 31 points against conference opponents in 2004. Good, but the Red Raiders hung 70 on Nebraska that year without Cadillac and Ronnie Brown in the backfield. The real success of that Auburn team was its defense, which held conference opponents to less than 14 points per game. Gene Chizik was defensive coordinator.

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