Every year around this time I like to begin mapping out how I believe Auburn’s season will go. Specifically, wins and losses. What better way to do that than shooting straight from the hip? So I went through game by game and have provided what my initial instincts are telling me from afar.
8-31-2013 Washington St. – Mike Leach’s squad will serve as an early test to the Auburn defensive unit. Although it is considered by many to be a team to struggle in 2013, Washington St. remains an unknown as far as the Tigers are concerned. This is a statement for this coaching staff. A strong opening performance in front of the home crowd will allow one gigantic (and long overdue) sigh of relief from the Auburn family. I see this contest being tight into the third quarter before the home crowd and revamped Tiger defense help Auburn take control. WIN
9-07-2013 Arkansas St. – The jilted Wolfpack will arrive in Auburn prepared to pounce on its former head coach. They’ll have no such luck. Auburn pulls away in the second half and never looks back. WIN
9-14-2013 Mississippi St. – Revenge is a dish best served cold – but this game is in September and the only thing cold about it will be in ice chests all across campus so the Bulldogs will just have to settle for another SEC road loss in the sweltering heat of Jordan-Hare. WIN
9-21-2013 @LSU – This game will be an important measuring stick for the 2013 Tigers. Will they make the trip to Baton Rouge and lay down for the superior team? Or will they have revenge on their mind after squandering the lead in last year’s matchup? I think Auburn will hang with LSU for one half and then slowly fade. LOS
10-05-2013 Ole Miss – This is somewhat of a trap game. Especially if Auburn is able to travel to Baton Rouge in their previous game and have a good showing. However, a bye week in between should allow for some much needed regrouping and refocusing. Auburn hangs on and pulls out a tough one against a confident Rebel squad. WIN
10-12-2013 Western Carolina – This will provide a possible game in which to rest some starters and possibly plant some seeds for a huge upset in the following week. WIN
10-19-2013 @ Texas A&M – In only their second road game of the season, Auburn will enter the home of the 12th man with memories of one of its worst defeats ever fresh on its mind. Despite Auburn’s similar fast-paced offense, the defense has no answer and Johnny Football runs wild. LOSS
10-26-2013 Florida-Atlantic – Homecoming. Get the starters some rest and prepare for a tough two week stretch on the road. WIN
11-02-2013 @Arkansas – Having already visited two of the most intimidating stadiums college football has to offer, Auburn will not be affected by the Razorback faithful. The Tigers hit the road and handle their business as Gus Malzahn guides his team to a victory and his first SEC road win. WIN
11-09-2013 @Tennessee – I’m fine with being the only person in creation predicting this two week triumph but I believe Auburn goes to Rocky Top and gets an SEC road win for a second straight week. This will be a battle tested bunch come November and I don’t see any way Arkansas or Tennessee can be in a better state than Auburn from all the way out here in July. WIN
11-16-2013 Georgia – No you didn’t sleep through a year, Rip Van Winkle. The Bulldogs will return in 2013 to Jordan-Hare and for the second straight year, Auburn will have no answers for the Bulldogs. Heartbreaker in the deep south’s oldest rivalry. LOSS
11-30-2013 Alabama – For this season’s Iron Bowl to get any worse than the two previous, Auburn will have to hire the French government to officially surrender for them prior to kickoff. In all seriousness, I think an inspired Auburn team is able to push the Crimson to the brink much like it did in 2009. In the end however, the defending national champs are too much. LOSS
Auburn navigates the SEC in a strong bounce back year going 8-4 and winning two SEC road games in consecutive weeks. Not bad for a first year head coach with a high-school offense.
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