Trailing 21-0 at halftime on a night when everything seemed to be going wrong, I?am sure some Auburn fans were thinking about to last year's team, a group that wasn't going to have a chance to get out of that kind of hole. However, the 2013 Tigers showed they are different breed of cat. They never quit competing until the last play of the night.
In the first half it looked like LSU was dominant, but in the second half it looked like Auburn was the better team, particularly in the final period. It looked to me if those they had played another quarter that Auburn would have come back and won the game.
The last 10 or 12 minutes Saturday night was fascinating to watch because I have never seen a group of kids compete any harder to try to find a way to win a football game, which is a good sign for the future. They were playing to win. There was no give up there.
The final statistics showed it was a pretty evenly matched game. The players and coaches can study what happened in Baton Rouge, make corrections and come back ready to play a better game a week from Saturday. I think the Tigers will have to be an improved team to win that game vs. Ole Miss.
I don't think Ole Miss has more talent than LSU and may not be as good defensively as LSU is, but offensively the Rebels are a dangerous team with great speed in tailback in Jeff Scott and with Donte Moncrief and Laquon Treadwell as wide receivers. They are a threat every time they snap the ball with a second-year starter at quarterback who is a good fit for their offense.
The Tigers are going to have to play extremely well to pick up their fourth win of the season against the Rebels. I think the Ole Miss game is a really big one for the Tigers and they need to approach it like that because it has the potential to set the stage for the rest of the season.
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Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.