Auburn Tigers 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
Auburn Tigers 2016 Preview
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The Auburn Tigers have had a couple of disappointing seasons under head coach Gus Malzahn, and the fan base hopes that turns around in 2016. The bar was set high with a 12-win season his first year but just 15 combined wins in the last two years has Auburn a little bit on edge.
Can Auburn get back on track in the loaded SEC West?
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Here is your 2016 Auburn Tigers college football preview.
Offense: Malzahn is a great offensive coach, but he has his hands full on this side of the ball. The first question is finding a reliable quarterback between Jeremy Johnson, Sean White and John Franklin III. White and Johnson both took turns stinking up the joint last year, so maybe giving JUCO transfer Franklin a chance to shine would be the best idea. Auburn also has to replace its top offensive linemen in Avery Young and Shon Coleman, which is bad news considering the Tigers allowed just 19 sacks last season. Now, the good news for Auburn is that Jovon Robinson averaged 5.4 yards per carry and moved the chains on 36 of his 117 carries and Kerryon Johnson is healthy. Auburn should have one of the better rushing attacks in the SEC this season. Receiving wise, Jason Smith, Marcus Davis and Tony Stevens provide depth and experience for Auburn. Still, consistency at quarterback is key for the Tigers this season.
Defense: The Auburn Tigers should improve drastically on the defensive side after ranking 71st in the country last year with an average of 405 yards allowed per game. Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson provide one of the best 1-2 punches in college football along the defensive line. Johnathan Ford is a high NFL draft prospect at the safety position and Auburn’s leading tackler from last season, while Carlton Davis proved himself as a freshman with three interceptions. Auburn also got some help from Ohio State with the addition of Jamel Dean, who could be the x-factor for this defense will his skillset at cornerback. Auburn has holes at the linebacker position but Tre' Williams really shined his sophomore season and should be able to lead the unit with an expanded workload. Auburn has elite pass rushers and a pretty talented secondary. Don’t be surprised if the Tigers are a top-25 defense this season. The potential is high for this unit if everything comes together.
Special Teams: Kevin Phillips returns at punter after averaging 40.9 yards per punt on 55 attempts. Daniel Carlson returns at kicker after making 23 of 27 field goal attempts and all 40 extra points.
Outlook: Auburn’s defense shouldn’t be the weak link this season. It comes down to the Tigers quarterback situation that will determine how things play out. If Franklin can fulfill expectations and takeover the offense, Auburn has a chance to compete in the SEC West. If quarterback continues to be an issues, Auburn will probably experience an inconsistent season a lot like the last two years.
|09/03/16||vs. Clemson||Auburn||8:00 p.m. CT|
|09/10/16||vs. Arkansas State||Auburn||TBA|
|09/17/16||vs. Texas A&M *||Auburn||TBA|
|09/24/16||vs. LSU *||Auburn||TBA|
|10/01/16||vs. Louisiana-Monroe (HC)||Auburn||TBA|
|10/08/16||at Mississippi State *||Starkville, Miss.||TBA|
|10/22/16||vs. Arkansas *||Auburn||TBA|
|10/29/16||at Ole Miss *||Oxford, Miss.||TBA|
|11/05/16||vs. Vanderbilt *||Auburn||TBA|
|11/12/16||at Georgia *||Athens, Ga.||TBA|
|11/19/16||vs. Alabama A&M||Auburn||TBA|
|11/26/16||at Alabama *||Tuscaloosa, Ala.||TBA|