Auburn’s 1974 squad is the awesome asterisk of the post-Amazin Auburn teams of the 70s. The main reason? An exciting offense (coordinated by this guy named Doug Barfield, a good man) that struck (and rhymed) with fear:
No, not at first. Not against Louisville. It started off slow (not that anyone would know). But by the time Auburn clobbered Texas 27-3 in the Gator Bowl, it was humming at 45 RPM (rah-rahs per minute).
(I don’t have stats, not in front of me. But they have to be good. There wouldn’t be a song unless they were good.)
“The whole darn state of Tennessee is scared of Auburn and the Big Veer T,” sing bards Bob Walker and Billy Whiddon, truthfully. The Vols fell hard, 21-0, in their first visit to Jordan-Hare.
And Bama fans can LOL all they want at that “the Tide’s gonna fall against the Big Veer T” line. But they probably shouldn’t.
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