Editor’s note: We are counting down the days until Auburn opens the season against Clemson on Sept. 3 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Check back every morning as we break down the roster, profile key players and look at unanswered questions coming out of training camp.
Auburn gets to enjoy the comforts of home for the first month of the 2016 season, but Jordan-Hare Stadium hasn’t exactly been a safe haven for the team the past two seasons.
While coach Gus Malzahn loves the advantage of playing in front of 87,000-plus friendly faces, his team hasn’t benefitted from it. The Tigers haven’t won a marquee game at home since beating LSU two years ago.
I see Auburn struggling early in the season as they figure things out offensively. Malzahn has a blueprint going into week one, but with so much inexperience at the skill positions the coaches will be moving pieces around for awhile.
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The Tigers won’t enjoy many benefits from an improved defense either as many of the teams in the SEC are equally as loaded on that side of the ball.
Texas A&M is intimidating up front, LSU has a dynamic secondary and even the lower SEC tier teams like Vanderbilt have a number of NFL defensive prospects.
There are three toss up games on the schedule to me — Texas A&M, Arkansas and Georgia — and I have Auburn losing two of them.
If quarterback Sean Whites proves to be much more proficient in the red zone than maybe Auburn can get to eight wins.
Anything beyond that seems unrealistic.
Final regular season record — 6-6 (3-5 SEC)
Sept. 3 vs. Clemson | Loss
Sept. 10 vs. Arkansas St. | Win
Sept. 17 vs. Texas A&M | Loss
Sept. 24 vs. LSU | Loss
Oct. 1 vs. ULM | Win
Oct. 8 at Mississippi St. | Win
Oct. 22 vs. Arkansas | Loss
Oct. 29 at Ole Miss | Loss
Nov. 5 vs. Vanderbilt | Win
Nov. 12 at Georgia | Win
Nov. 19 Alabama A&M | Win
Nov. 26 Alabama | Loss
- T-Minus 13: Can Auburn DE Paul James contribute this fall?
- T-Minus 12: Who will be Auburn’s top freshman receiver?
- T-Minus 11: Who is Auburn’s leader in the secondary?
- T-Minus 10: Looking at Auburn’s freshman redshirt candidates
- T-Minus 9: Auburn’s contingency plans on the offensive line
- T-Minus 8: Is 2016 going to be Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson’s farewell tour?
- T-Minus 7: The most intriguing name on Auburn’s offense
- T-Minus 6: Who is Auburn’s most improved defender from last year?
- T-Minus 5: Auburn’s most important offensive lineman this season is
- T-Minus 4: Could a running back by committee approach be in Auburn’s future?
- T-Minus 3: Auburn focused on picking up the pace
- T-Minus 2: Chandler Cox is Auburn’s toughman
- T-Minus 1: Awards watch on the Plains