No. 10 Auburn

Gus Malzahn was a genius in 2010, when, he offensively-coordinated Auburn to the national championship. It’s always good to have Cam Newton taking the snaps.

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Returning to Auburn as head coach when the bottom fell out on his old boss, Gene Chizik, Malzahn also was pretty darned good in 2013, when he took War Eagle to a nationaal-championship game loss to Florida State.

Since then, Malzahn has endured three years without double-digit wins. Which leaves him needing a big year—or else—in the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately college football coaching world.

Fortunately, former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham will suit up for Auburn, with the hope that he’ll provide the missing piece for an offense that possesses a solid running game.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

The dual-threat Stidham played at Baylor as a freshman in 2015, throwing 12 TDs and two interceptions. Exiting turmoil-filled Baylor, he attended community college last fall, but didn’t play football.

Seven starters return on each side of the ball from an 8-5 team that lost three of its last four games, partly due to injuries.

In other words, the Tigers have a lot of ingredients to be a contender in the SEC West. But there’s also a lot of competition in the SEC West. To be successful, Auburn will need to stay healthy and catch some good bounces.

If things fall into place, the form chart says the Tigers have the horses. And history says Malzahn has been brilliant before.[/membership]

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