26 Nov 2013
Auburn has been one of the big surprises of the 2013 season. Only one year removed from a 3-9 season, winless in SEC play, new head coach Gus Malzahn turned the program around faster than anyone expected. And the Tigers have been riding a wave of good fortune as well.
Two weeks ago, a miracle 73-yard tipped pass touchdown from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis late in the game against Georgia gave Auburn its fifth victory of the season decided by a single score. The Tigers knocked off Mississippi State back on Sept. 14 with a touchdown to take the lead with only 10 seconds left in the game. They took the lead for good against Texas A&M with only 1:19 on the clock and held on for the win.
Every championship contender survives a close call at some point in the season, but the Tigers' late-game magic has been especially dramatic this year. Has Auburn been more lucky than good? That's a question our advanced stats can help answer. Let's take a closer look at the Tigers' statistical profile to measure how much they have benefited from good fortune and what it will take to beat Alabama this weekend.
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