SEC 2009 // Tomorrow's Tigers

C&F's predictions for Auburn.

Finish: 5th, SEC West

General: This is one of about seven teams that I could easily get very wrong. The middle of the SEC is a puzzle after last year's circus, and where everyone falls is going to be determined largely by which quarterbacks step up. Given the fact that Auburn still isn't quite sure who will be taking snaps when WAC Bulldogs come to town -- or if that person will still be taking snaps when the SEC West Bulldogs come to town -- you have to put them near the back of that pack. Auburn, though, could end up in a bowl. One played after Dec. 31 seems unlikely, unless we're talking Liberty Bowl.

More specific: Either Louisiana Tech or Ball State or maybe both will keep the game uncomfortably close for at least three quarters. Neither is a bad team, per se, and it will take the Tigers' superior depth and athleticism to put the mid-majors away. If one of them wins, on the other hand, the wheels will come off. Because so many games are effectively toss-ups, the best opportunities for a true upset come vs. West Virginia, vs. Ole Miss and of course vs. Alabama. Ole Miss would be my choice. But I doubt it happens.

Game-specific

9.5 :: vs. Louisiana Tech :: WIN

9.12 :: vs. Mississippi State :: PROBABLE WIN

9.19 :: vs. West Virginia :: PROBABLE LOSS

9.26 :: vs. Ball State :: LIKELY WIN

10.3 :: at Tennessee :: POSSIBLE LOSS

10.10 :: at Arkansas :: POSSIBLE LOSS

10.17 :: vs. Kentucky :: POSSIBLE WIN

10.24 :: at LSU :: LIKELY LOSS

10.31 :: vs. Ole Miss :: LIKELY LOSS

11.7 :: vs. Furman :: WIN

11.14 :: at Georgia :: PROBABLE LOSS

11.27 :: IRON BOWL vs. Alabama :: LIKELY LOSS

Final record: 5-7, 2-6

MONDAY: Auburn Hopes to Regroup in a Hurry
TUESDAY: Inside Gene Chizik's Contract Negotiations; The Lovliest Line-up
WEDNESDAY: The Depth Chart at Auburn, Still Focused on One Position; Auburn: Where Offense is the Question
TODAY: Predictions
FRIDAY: Feedback and Conclusions

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