Auburn: 2009 Prediction By Game

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IAugust 30, 2009


September 5th, Lousiana Tech; Starting the season thin is what it is and going against a WAC team that went 8-5 last season has room for concern. The Tigers will keep it together and pound the Bulldog's defense. A comfortable win.-----W


September 12th, Mississippi State; After that 3-2 score debacle last year in Starkville and knowing how thin Auburn is at key positions I smell an upset at Jordan Hare. It is not as if either of these teams need to prove anything great in this game. They just need to win! It is hard to say it but I think Dan Mullen out schemes Chizik.-----L


September 19th, West Virginia; Almost had them in the bag last year, but Noel Devine was exactly that. Without Pat White and a whole new offensive line Devine will have a hard time finding the holes.-----W


September 26th, Ball State; The Cardinals actually had a great season last year but I don't see Nate Davis' name on the roster.-----W


October 3rd, Tennessee; Right now I would say these two teams are evenly matched. Talent, depth, and a new coaching staff. Auburn has generally had UT's number for so many years and that is one way how Auburn is going to come into this game and feel the win. However, I do know how Eric Berry is going to feel along with a few other Vol teammates.-----L


October 10th, Arkansas; Another away game, another chance. Malzahn would love to show that he can ride back into Fayateville and dupe the Hogs like he did with Tulsa last season.....oh, he didn't? Auburn will give it all they have got but the Hogs will be riding high from beating Texas A&M.-----L


October 17th, Kentucky; The Tigers come back home to welcome the wildcats. After 4 straight losses for Kentucky they will be hungry for a win. Unfortunately so will Auburn and I would have to give Auburn the swing game at home. Not to mention UK's defense will be dilapidated by now.-----W


October 24th, LSU; After watching last year's game festivities between these two I had a nudging feeling that Auburn and LSU were beatable. However, I knew the latter of the two had more talent to be concerned with. And, again, talent, plus home field advantage spells a huge win for LSU.-----L


October 31st, Ole Miss; The Rebels come to town and are ready to get down. Too much offensive talent and just enough defensive game play helps keep the Rebels two steps ahead of the Tigers.-----L


November 7th, Furman; A much needed break for the Tigers. The season has not gone according to plan, if you are an Auburn fan, and any "W" at this point is needed to balance the scales.-----W


November 14th, Georgia; The series is all tide up. The winner of this gets the bragging rights for another 365 days. Auburn likes to talk about the six win streak they had over Alabama but in the meantime forgot about a little streak, 3 in a row, the Dawgs were building of their own. Georgia's lackadaisical play last year must not be construed with this game. The streak continues between the Hedges.-----L


November 28th, Alabama; The Tigers take a bi-week pre Iron Bowl this year. The Tide come off of playing UT-Chattanooga with most of their starters getting a rest as well. At this point this is a desperate win for Auburn. Missing out on another bowl season would be detrimental to recruiting not to mention the Auburn fan base's mental state of hiring Gene Chizik. But, the Tide is still mad about losing six in a row and definitely doesn't want to be seen as a 1-7 winner.-----L


Auburn has issues. No matter how you cut it the Tigers are thin all over the place. It is not a lack of talent per say, but merely the development of that talent. And with not enough of it, this year appears to be a rebuilding year.


I think the problem here is that to many people are putting the solution on Gus Malzahn's head. Yes, he had a great run at Tulsa. Yes, his offense put up the best numbers in college football. Yes, Tulsa played seven teams with defenses ranked 100th and worse in 2008. Get it?


What is interesting about this schedule are the swing games: MSU, West Virginia, UT, and Kentucky. Win the MSU and UT game and you have a nice 7-5 season in search of an 8-5 with the bowl victory, not bad for a transition period.