You know, I’ve long subscribed to a contrarian view of how Auburn’s season will go: the Tigers are almost always better when they’re not taken seriously in the preseason and vice versa.
Here’s a weird trend: The season after Auburn beats Alabama, there is a notable regression. In 2011, after winning the national title the previous season, the Tigers went 8–5. In 2014, after playing for the national title the previous season, the Tigers went 8–5. In 2018, after winning the 10 games and the SEC West the previous season, the Tigers went—you guessed it—8–5. While quarterback Bo Nix is back this season and should take a step forward in his play, there are major personnel losses to deal with in addition to the usual brutal schedule.
I’ll see where that goes this season. I’d like to think he’s right, though, because it’s a great two-fer — ‘Bama loses in one season and Auburn’s meh in the next.