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Gus Malzahn's take on title game? Get Auburn back in it
Jan. 12, 2015

Gus Malzahn explains it all with Chris McKendry and Jay Crawford on the SportsCenter set

By Charles Goldberg

Gus Malzahn was happy enough to be on ESPN Monday morning to analyze tonight's national championship game between Oregon and Ohio State in Dallas, but next year he hopes to have even a better vantage point for the big game.

"The only thing on my mind is getting back to this game next year and be on that sideline," he said on SportsCenter.

Malzahn had been in the title game two of the previous four seasons, as Auburn's offensive coordinator when the Tigers won it in 2010, and again last year as the head coach when Auburn fell just short.

"We came really close," he said.

Malzahn said the plan is to return, so when asked about NFL jobs, Malzahn said: "I love Auburn. We just hired the best defensive mind in all of college football. The future is very bright. 

"We've got good players, now that we've got our staff, it's just a matter of preparation."

As the morning resident expert on title games, Malzahn was asked about preparing for title games.

"You try to keep it as normal as possible. You go over the game plan again. You want to make sure in a big game you've got everything prepared," he said. "If it's fourth down and one, you want to make sure you know what you're going to call so you don't make an emotional decision, you make an educated decision."

Malzahn didn't make a prediction on tonight's game, but said there could be some surprises.

"In 2010, everybody talked about our offense with Cam Newton, talked about their offense, it ended up being 22-19. Don't be surprised if the defense really stands up," he said.

Malzahn said he liked the new playoff format, but wouldn't mind seeing expanded, maybe to eight teams.

"It wouldn't hurt my feelings. There will be some discussion," he said.

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