This time last year auburn fans did not know, that they were about to witness a season for the ages for auburn football. It was one of those seasons that you would never see a team have after going 3-9 and 0-8 in the SEC the previous year. The Tigers will want to prove that last year’s remarkable run to the BCS Championship game (and a record of 12-2, 7-1 in the SEC) was not a fluke and they are well positioned to stay near the top. They return 14 starters including eight on offense led by quarterback Nick Marshall who becomes the first two-year starting quarterback that Gus Malzahn has had at the college level (coordinator or head coach). They do have to replace running back Tre Mason, but return four of their top five rushers and their top four receivers.
They will have to replace key starters on defense like DE Dee Ford, MLB Jake Holland, CB Chris Davis, DB Ryan Smith, but returning starters like DE Carl Lawson, DT Ben Bradley, DT Gabe Wright, DT Montravius Adams, LB Roninson Therezie, LB Cassanova McKinzy, LB Chris Frost, CB Jonathon Mincy, DB Jermaine Whitehead, should keep auburn fighting for the top spot in the SEC west.
They do have a pretty tough schedule this year opening with the Arkansas razorbacks on Aug 30th, but they are still talented enough to navigate their way to a 9 or 10 win season this year. Key games will be at Kansas state, at Georgia, at Alabama,and 2 key home games with LSU and South Carolina. That is tough for any team in the SEC to navigate, but with the talent already there and the a couple top 10 recruiting classes under coach Gus Malzahn, the tigers are poised to make another run at the SEC Championship .