Two years later, it's changed on the Plains

AUBURN, Ala. -- The last time Auburn and Georgia met at Jordan-Hare Stadium, one team was bearing down on a championship.

The Tigers were motoring toward their first national championship since 1957 two years ago when they defeated the Bulldogs 49-31.

Fast-forward to the game later Saturday night, and the only team thinking about a championship is Georgia. The Bulldogs can clinch the Eastern Division championship and their second straight trip to the SEC championship game with a win.

The only drama surrounding the Tigers is whether or not coach Gene Chizik will survive what’s been a disastrous season. They’re still searching for their first SEC win and are in danger of finishing with their first winless record in the SEC since 1980.

That was Doug Barfield’s last season as coach, ushering in the Pat Dye era.

Just in talking with several Auburn fans on campus Saturday, the overriding feeling is that Chizik won’t be back.

There was a report this week by AuburnUndercover.com that Auburn president Jay Gogue had told board of trustee members that he was preparing to make a coaching change. According to that same report, Gogue was leaning toward keeping athletic director Jay Jacobs.

It remains to be seen how it will all shake out. An upset of Georgia could certainly help Chizik’s cause.

Either way, it’s yet another reminder that nothing stays the same very long in this league and that memories are short -- even two years removed from a national title.