War Eagle everybody.I hope this final installment finds each of you doing well. To continue my early assessment of each of Auburn's opponents this coming season, is indeed a privilege.
I would like to thank The Bleacher Report gang for allowing a hack like myself the opportunity to express opinions on the sport I care so much about. Many thanks to other sources ie... foxsports.com, CBSsports.com, Track 'em Tigers, al.com, and many others for much of the scouting info this early in the spring.
So, on to the final three opponents;
Furman. Southern Conference (FCS) - Nov. 7, 2009 @ Auburn(HC)
The Paladins are coached by Bobby Lamb. Last year their record was 7-5 and 4-4 in conference play. Coach Lamb has 46 returning Letterman.
They run a spread style offense,that averages over 360 yds. per game, and a basic 4-2-5 defense.
Auburn's Homecoming opponent this year, this team will be fundamentally sound, yet should pose no problems for the Tigers.
Georgia. SEC - Nov. 14, 2009 @ Athens, Ga.
Coached by Mark Richt, in his ninth season, the Bulldogs are the kissing cousins to Auburn. These two share many of the same ideals, and are the "South's Oldest Rivalry."
Key to the Dawgs offense will be to find replacements at the QB, and RB positions. While they have plenty of talent at RB, whomever takes the reins of this offense will have limited experience.
The defense will be strong this year. The only significant loss was at the CB spot, losing Asher Allen early to the draft.
There isn't much we don't know about this Bulldog team, or it's coach. Look for Georgia to be strong, well prepared, and with a little something to prove after last years high hopes going up in smoke.
Alabama. SEC - Nov. 28, 2009 @ Auburn
Nothing I write about the Tide will be met with complete agreement from either side of the state. The biggest rivalry in college football by many estimates, by far the biggest in the SEC, will once again give ultimate bragging rights to the victors and their "RABID" fans.
Coached by Nick Saban, the Tide will have many holes to fill on offense. Losses at the QB position, as well as three lineman will have to be filled.
The defense will be fairly intact except for the loss of Rashad Johnson. Look for this unit to be strong.
Hopes are sky high for the Tide fans this year, as well they should be. With two great recruiting classes back to back, and their record from last year, things are looking good in Tuscaloosa.
So, there you have it. The season ahead for Auburn has as many questions as it does dreams. With a new coaching staff, and renewed enthusiasm, the Tigers are poised for greatness. The results however are a few months away. Those long agonizing summer months when football is talked only by those passionate for the game itself.
War Eagle everyone!