If you are an Auburn fan, you must wonder what you have to do to gain more than a little respect in the Southeastern Conference. Take last season, for example. All the Tigers did was crush Georgia AND Alabama during the regular season and still wound up in the Peach Bowl, where they were edged by UCF, which was finishing an unbeaten season.
The problem for Auburn was that it lost the rematch to Georgia in the SEC title game and were bumped by Alabama for a CFB playoff bowl slot. That was the price of losing 2 of their first 7 regular season games.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
So we now have another season and Alabama and Georgia still loom as road blocks. So does Washington in the regular season opener. The good news is that Coach Gus Malzahn, with a new lucrative (49 million dollars, 7-years) contract extension, has QB Jarrett Sidham returning and talent on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Playing Auburn will be no one's day at the beach.
Once again, the problem for Auburn is at the end of the schedule, with road games at Georgia and at Alabama. A win in either place could mean a playoff spot, but another double-digit win season looks very possible. [/membership]