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Auburn Has the Talent to Win the SEC

By on July 23rd, 2018 in Football, News 10 Comments »

Jarrett Stidham plans on leading Auburn to the College Football Playoff (photo: Tom Green/al.com)

How could a team be picked to finish second in the toughest division in college football and not have any first team players on the preseason All-SEC list? That’s where the media placed Auburn at the end of SEC Media Days.

It’s understandable that Alabama, chosen to finish first, would have a good number selected, but there still should  have been at least one player from Auburn. It’s not the first time Auburn has been underrated, and at season’s end I expect the Tigers to be well represented, especially if they win the conference.

Road games in Athens and Tuscaloosa will make the Tigers’ chances for a league or divisional championship difficult but … not impossible. Auburn has one of the most talented rosters in years and could be near the top of the league heading into Amen Corner.

Some of that talent was highlighted by the media as the Tigers had ten players placed on one of the preseason teams. Auburn’s second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham was named to the second team offense along with wide receiver Ryan Davis. On the defensive side of the ball, D-lineman Derrick Brown, linebacker Deshaun Davis and cornerback Jamel Dean were second-team All-SEC pre-season picks.

Offensive guard Marquel Harrell, defensive tackle Dontavius Russell, defensive end Marlon Davidson, cornerback Javaris Davis, and offensive guard Marque Harrell were all third-team selections.

With what some believe to be one of the best defensive lines in the league and an experienced 3,000 yard passer returning to run the offense, I expect the Tigers to be a contender in 2018 for the league title.

Besides, I don’t put too much stock in the media picking Alabama to win it all. For one thing the media has only got it right six times in the last 26 years. And for another … that’s why they play the games.

10 Comments

  1. uglyjoe says:

    It’s all fake news, media bias, and I’m sure the Russians have something to do with it.

  2. AUglenn says:

    Got to get off to a good start in the Mercededez Bens stadium first.

  3. jbellison56 says:

    Preseason list mean nothing. I’ll be happy if Auburn beats Bama for two years straight. It’ll just be gravy on top if they win the SEC.

  4. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Is this not what they said last year. Picking UA is the function of a lazy media. One which still does not accept 26-14.

    Auburn will be better in 2018. We will enter the Mercedes Dome with an experienced QB. Not a rookie. That will be all the difference.

  5. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    weeeelllll…. normally I would say that AU should beat Washington handily. The problem is, it’s the first game of the season.

    It’s not just a Malzahn thing. Think about it… no matter how good the team, when was the last time AU started the season strong? 2004, maybe? When else?

  6. meathead530 says:

    Talent is there. It’s the head coach that worries me.

  7. DBAU81 says:

    The talent is there. But the November schedule may be too tough. Everybody knows about the road games at Athens and Tuscaloosa. But if the East goes as predicted, to win the SEC we’ll have to win what amounts to another road game against Georgia in Atlanta just three weeks after playing them in Athens. That’s why we all need to pull hard for South Carolina to knock off the Dawgs in September.

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