Here’s the case for Auburn from Al.com:
When you already know you’re headed to Atlanta to play the team you coulda, shoulda beat, and if you do it this time you’re in the College Football Playoff again, how does that not keep a Bulldog from looking ahead?
Georgia is a lock for Atlanta but Auburn and Tech are not.
Auburn needed a comeback last weekend, a really big comeback to wipe out a 10-point deficit over the final six minutes, to defeat then-No. 16 Texas A&M 28-24.
Who knew the Tigers had a comeback like that in them?
I have a better question than that. What does Auburn have to play for tomorrow? The division is gone. The Tigers are already bowl eligible. Saving the coach’s job? The AD has already confirmed what Gus’ absurd buyout makes obvious. All that’s left is pride, something you’d expect is in short supply from the only SEC team that’s lost to Tennessee in the last two seasons — at home!
I ask this not as a rhetorical device to dismiss Auburn’s chances tomorrow. (The Tigers’ defensive front is too legit for that, IMO.) Never underestimate the power of in-game momentum, particularly if it’s fueled by a turnover barrage. (Keep in mind, though, that cuts both ways, as Auburn has lost every game in which it’s posted a negative turnover margin.) The flip side of that is if Georgia can seize control tomorrow, I really doubt Auburn’s got enough emotion in the tank to respond, Atlanta or no Atlanta. What do y’all think?