Auburn Betting Odds Preview
Not much has gone right for the Auburn Tigers since winning the BCS national championship three seasons ago. After Cam Newton left for the greener pastures of the pros AU fell to 8-5, and 4-4 in the SEC, then last year dropped to 3-9 and almost unbelievably 0-8 in SEC play.
They then canned their head coach. So a new regime has been brought in to pick up the pieces. On the bright side, there's nowhere to go but up.
With 15 starters back last year from a team that went 8-5 in 2011 Auburn was fully expected to at least play in a bowl game. Early in the year the Tigers lost a couple of close games to Clemson and LSU, but things just got worse after that. Near the end AU lost 63-21 to Texas A&M, 38-0 to Georgia, and 49-0 in the Iron Bowl to Alabama. Auburn's only victories last year came against Louisiana-Monroe (in overtime), New Mexico State, and Alabama A&M. The Tigers also went just 4-8 ATS last year, 2-6 ATS in conference play. In the aftermath of those sour notes Auburn dumped coach Gene Chizik, replacing him with Gus Malzahn, who was the OC here when they won the national title. And fortunately for Malzahn, the cupboard isn’t bare.
The Tigers return seven starters on offense, including 1,000-yard rusher Tre Mason and three along the offensive line, and eight starters on defense, including three along the defensive line and the entire secondary. Auburn compiled a -12 turnover ratio last year, but that particular stat tends to trend toward even over the longer haul so improvement could be expected in that department. The Tigers have a couple of very tough road games at LSU and at Texas A&M, but their other two conference road games are against middle-of-the-roaders Arkansas and Tennessee. They also get the rivalry game with Alabama at Jordan-Hare, although that might be irrelevant, and they miss South Carolina and Florida. With the returning starters, maybe a little spark from the new coaching regime, and eight home games, Auburn is a candidate to bounce back to at least bowl eligibility this season.
SEC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 29
South Carolina +500
Texas A&M +850
Mississippi State +10000