Auburn Tigers

Gus Malzahn was inked to a seven-year $49 million dollar contract at the outset of last season to continue fielding powerful offenses for the University of Auburn. After only one full year into the new term, fans of the team as well as boosters were already calling for his job after the Tigers rated out as one of the worst offenses the SEC had to offer last season. Because of it, Auburn went on to lose five overall games and was banished to the Music City Bowl where many a college football bettor got cute and slammed the ever living tar out of the Purdue Boilermakers. Offshore sportsbooks ended up being the only ones laughing after the game played out with Auburn going on to secure the decisive 63-14 win and cover as 3.5-point favorites. Many players from that roster are back in 2019-20 which makes the Tigers a wild card in the SEC West entering the regular season.

Jarrett Stidham decided to pack his bags and head for the NFL a year early. It proved to be a wise decision after getting snagged by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. His inability to get the offense going for a bulk of last season came as quite the surprise with it ranking out No. 11 overall in the SEC. Then it went out and laid the hammer down on the Boilers. With Malzahn now calling the plays, hopefully he and his staff learned their lessons and will allow the offense to breathe a bit more in 2019-20. Bo Nix and or Joey Gatewood would reap the benefits with each highly touted quarterback prospects. The offensive line might not have any uber talents, but it’s a veteran-laden group with all five starting hogs partaking in their senior campaigns. If they can start opening up some bigger holes for the run game, JaTarvious Whitlow and Kam Martin could each be in line for special seasons rushing the pigskin.

The defense looks to be loaded. Starting with defensive linemen Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson, Auburn arguably possesses two of the very best pass rushers the SEC has to offer. Add edge rusher Nick Coe to the mix, and this three-headed dragon will be an extreme chore for opposing offensive lines to deal with every passing down. On top of that, four four-star linemen were signed in the 2019 recruiting class. The Tigers almost have an embarrassment of riches along the D-Line! It must live up to expectations with the entire linebacker corps needing to be replaced; including Deshaun Davis and his 116 overall tackles. The secondary looks to be in good shape at the safety position with Daniel Thomas and Jeremiah Dinson back, but the cornerback positions are lacking with the starters gone and the replacements a bit wet behind the ears.

Regardless of how good the defense looks to be on paper, the success or lack thereof for the 2019-20 Auburn Tigers will reside upon the shoulders of the offense. The unit was more or less stuck in the mud once conference play picked up last season before going bonkers in the bowl game. As Stidham regressed, so too did the offense. If it happens again, you can bet your bottom dollar Malzahn will be feeling the heat from a fan base that has no qualms about voicing its opinions. Offshore sportsbooks are predicting a season similar to last’s with the Tigers season win total odds currently checking in at 7.5. The betting markets look to be of the belief that Malzahn finds a way to get the offense turned around with decent sized juice currently riding the over. Ultimately, Auburn is going to need to show it’s an improved squad before the betting public totally buys in with it possessing a sub .500 record against the spread over the last two seasons.