Auburn Football Predictions

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The Auburn Tigers would like to forget about last season.  They finished 0-8 in SEC play and 3-9 overall.  However, with 14 starters returning and a new head coach there is a lot to be excited about for the upcoming season.

Last year Auburn had a very difficult schedule, but things should be a bit easier this season as they rank 38th in strength of schedule.  The biggest weakness for the Tigers last year was inefficiency on offense.  They managed just 18.7 points per game, while their defense allowed 28.3 points per game.

The Tigers will have a new head coach this season as Gus Malzahn makes his return to Auburn.  Malzahn served as head coach at Arkansas State in 2012.  He led them to a 10-3 record overall and a Sun Belt-best 7-1 in conference play.  Prior to 2012, Malzahn had served as offensive coordinator at Auburn, so this is a bit of a homecoming for him.

Last Season
SEC (West)
Record
ATS Record
Over/Under
Points For
Points Against
7th
3-9
4-8
5-6
18.7
28.3
Key Numbers for 2013
Returning Starters
Returning to Offense
Returning to Defense
4 Year Recruiting Rank
Strength of Schedule
14
6
6
3.085
8th
38th
Head Coach Gus Malzahn
Overall
ATS
Home
Home ATS
Road
Road ATS
10-3
9-4
5-1
3-3
4-2
5-1
Bowl Games
Bowl Games ATS
Off of a Bye
Off of a Bye ATS
Off of a Loss
Off of a Loss ATS
1-0
1-0
2-0
2-0
3-0
2-1
2013 Schedule
2013 Auburn Tigers Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
08/31 Washington St
-13
.83
9/7 Arkansas St
-21
1
9/14 Mississippi St
+1
.49
9/21 @ LSU
+18
0
10/5 Ole Miss
+17
0
10/12 W. Carolina
-35
1
10/19 @ Texas A&M
+24
0
10/26 Florida Atlantic
-28
1
11/2 @ Arkansas
+3.5
.42
11/9 @ Tennessee
+8
.27
11/16 Georgia
+15
0
11/30 Alabama
+24
0
Estimated Wins: 5.01

The Tigers should open the season with a win over the PAC-12′s worst team.  They will be playing on their home field against Washington State and preseason odds have the Tigers favored by a touchdown.  The following two weeks should be winnable games for the Tigers as well, as they face Arkansas State and Mississippi State at home.

After those three games things will get a lot harder for Auburn. They face LSU on the road, and then come home to face an Ole Miss team that has improved a lot over the past few seasons.  The Tigers also have to face Texas A&M on the road and will most likely find themselves with three-straight losses.

The schedule doesn’t lighten up as Tigers are also on the road against Arkansas and Tennessee.  Those games could be close, but preseason odds have Auburn listed as an underdog in both games.  The final two games of the season are set up to be blowout losses for the Tigers.  They play both games at home, but are facing Georgia and Alabama.  The Bulldogs and Tide are the top two teams in the conference, so I don’t give the Tigers much of a chance in those games.

Odds
Regular Season Win Total
SEC Championship Odds
National Championship Odds
6.5
75 to 1
150 to 1
Odds Courtesty of Bovada
Season Predictions

With Gus Malzahn returning to Auburn there should be a big boost in morale for this team after finishing last in the conference in 2012.  Malzahn is familiar with many of the players on this team and it did not take long for him to prove he belongs at the head coach position after leading Arkansas State to a 10-3 season.

The running game should be spectacular for Auburn.  They have a lot of speed with Cameron Artis-Payne and Tre Mason.  The entire offensive line returns and with all that experience I fully expect the Tigers to show improvement in the running game and pass protection.

This team does have some issues at the quarterback position.  Jonathan Wallace, a sophomore, is expected to be the starter for 2013.  He does not bring any experience with him and what he lacks in experience he certainly does not make up for in talent.  The defense is another problem for Auburn.  They were one of the worst tackling teams in college football last year and they had a lot of trouble getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

2013 Projections
SEC (West)
SEC Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
7th
1-7
4-8
UNDER 6.5
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