There is one big drawback.
1. Loss of the LSU series
The biggest drawback to Auburn moving to the East would be the loss of the LSU series. Games between these two have grown increasingly memorable over the years.
The “Earthquake Game” of 1988, the five-interception game at Jordan-Hare in 1994, “The Night the Barn Burned” in 1996, overtime in 2005, Les Miles eschewing a tying field goal attempt for a touchdown on the final play in 2007.
The indelible moment from the series in my mind is the 2010 game. I was seated at the 45-yard line when Cam Newton bolted up the middle. This lung-busting run for a score sent 87,000 fans into rapture and helped cement Newton’s Heisman.
Who, on either side of the rivalry, could forget last season’s meeting? LSU scored a touchdown on the final play for victory, only to have it overturned by the officials, who correctly noted the ball had not been snapped before time ran out. This ruling occurred while the visiting Tigers celebrated in the end zone at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Les Miles was fired the next morning.
Dye’s pitch gets an emphatic stamp of approval from me.
The drawbacks for Auburn are minimal, while the opportunity to reconnect to Auburn’s rich football past could energize its future.
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