What Auburn has going for it is unprecedented — some would say spooky — karma.
Don't discount the "fairy dust factor" if the Tigers can keep it a close game in the fourth quarter.
There are things you can't explain in sports and Auburn is one of them.
It was one thing to win the Georgia game on a Hail Mary pass on fourth down and 18, when Nick Marshall's heave bounced off a defender's hands into the hands of Ricardo Louis for a 73-yard touchdown.
It was immediately dubbed "Prayer on the Plains."
"I don't believe in luck," Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner said of that play this week. "But that was luck!"
Not even a leprechaun would argue.
Two weeks later, that play was topped when Auburn defeated Alabama on Chris Davis' 109-yard return of a 57-yard missed field-goal attempt as time expired.
It may go down as the greatest final second in college football history.
"He turned on some speed like I've never seen before," teammate Tre Mason said. "My jaw dropped to the ground. It felt like the floor was shaking, that's how loud it was. ... We were in as much shock as them [Alabama]."
It would be easier to pull the Florida State "pick" trigger if Auburn did not so eerily remind observers of the 2010 team that pulled this kind of stuff all the way to BCS title.
Cam Newton, the quarterback that year, started at another SEC school (Florida), transferred to a junior college after getting in some trouble, and then sought refuge at Auburn.
The 2010 Auburn team trailed in eight games (this Auburn team trailed in seven). It would have lost to Clemson had a Clemson receiver not dropped a touchdown pass in overtime. Clemson then tied the score on a field goal that was negated by an illegal procedure penalty on the center. Clemson missed the retry.
Oh, Auburn also trailed Alabama that season, 24-0, before rallying to win.
This season's Auburn team is led by quarterback Nick Marshall, who started at another SEC school (Georgia), transferred to a JC after getting in some trouble, and then sought refuge at Auburn.
"It's funny how that worked out," Marshall said of the career-path similarities.
Maybe Monday is the game where Auburn's luck runs out.
Maybe it will be Winston's day on his 20th birthday.
"We're not looking for miracles to happen," Winston said. "We're looking to play football and do what we do."
Auburn hopes to work some more magic.
"The football field is where I do all my work," Winston said.