The 2008 college football season is coming fast and teams are getting settled in. Teams are looking for a chance to play in the national championship. There is one team who has a chance to make it to the promise lands, and that team is the Auburn Tigers.
Auburn comes into the 2008 with two new coordinators Paul Rhoads from Pitt and Tony Franklin from Troy.
The Tigers also come in with a quarterback situation. Chris Todd a junior college transfer who is currently injured. Kodi Burns the savior of the plains appeared on the plains when the Tigers played Mississippi State. Burns scored two touchdowns in the game but, the Tigers still fell to the bulldogs. Kodi played on and off as Brandon Cox back-up, and in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, Burns scored the game winning touchdown to bet Clemson 23-20.
The Tigers’ biggest losses came on the defensive side of the ball with the loss of four starters Quentin Groves, Patrick Lee, Pat Sims, and King Dunlap. On the offensive side the biggest loss was tight end Cole Bennett.
Key players returning to the Tigers on offence that should help led them to Miami are running backs Brad Lester, Ben Tate, and Mario Fannin, quarterbacks Chris Todd and Kodi Burns, receiver Rodgerigus Smith, and kicker Wes Byrum. On the defensive side, returning players are Jerraud Powers, Tray Blackmon, and Sen’Derick Marks.
These guys, along with the rest of the Tigers football team, should make a run for the national championship.
The Tigers have a difficult schedule, but should have it easy with most of the tougher games being at home. Here is preview of the Tigers' upcoming season:
UL-Monroe @ Auburn
The season opener for the Tigers should be a breeze. UL Monroe comes in off a 6-6 season and losing their three year starter at quarterback Kinsmon Lancaster.
In this game, Auburn will get to see how their new coordinators work. They will also get to get a preview on who might be leading the Tigers at the quarterback position.
The only thing Auburn and Ul Monroe has in common is that they both beat Alabama last season. Auburn has fun in this game against the warhawks Auburn wins big.
Southern Miss @ Auburn
Southern Miss ended their '07 season with a loss to Cincinnati in the PapaJohns.com Bowl. Southern Miss finished their season 7-6 and loss their head coach. The Eagles should come into this game 1-0, if they win their season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.
With the Tigers coming off a big win against UL Monroe, the showdown should roll over to the Southern Miss game.
Auburn @ Mississippi St.
State had an amazing season last year, finishing their '07 season 8-5, and giving Sylvester Croom his first bowl victory against UCF in the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl. State should come into this game 2-0 and ready to push for a SEC West division title.
Auburn will be ready for State after last year's game, when State beat Auburn 19-14 in a shocker. But this time, Auburn should have their QB problem solved.
The Tigers can’t wait to show State that last year's win was a fluke but it won’t be easy to beat State. Croom will have his boys ready, and so will Tuberville. The Tigers will find a way to beat State.
LSU @ Auburn
The defending national champions LSU went all the way, beating Ohio St. 38-24 to win the national championship.
LSU loses a lot of key players from their '07 season such as Outland Trophy winner Glenn Dorsey, Jacob Hester, Craig Steltz, Matt Flynn , Early Doucet, and many more. LSU should come into the game 3-0.
Auburn will come into to this game ready to fight their way to a victory. The Tigers are going to have to be ready because LSU will. The defense and offence should be clicking for the Tigers as they come into a tough game.
I can’t wait until the Tigers take the field to face the defending National Champions. When the final whistle blows, 87,000 plus will be storming Toomer’s Corner.
Tennessee @ Auburn
Tennessee's 2007 season was kind of a surprise to me. I didn’t think that the Vols would make it to the SEC championship game. Tennessee won the big games win they needed to, but didn’t beat LSU in the championship game. Tennessee made it to the Outback Bowl and beat Wisconsin 21-17. The Vols should come into the game 2-1, with their lone loss against Florida.
This game will be another tough game for the Tigers, but they should catch Tennessee hurt after a tough game against the Gators. The Tigers love being in tough situations and will find a way to win. Tuberville and the coordinators will have the Tigers ready for the Vols.
It’s only every five years that the Vols make a trip to Auburn—and I tell you, we will be ready. So when brunt orange and light orange meet in Auburn, it will be one game you don’t won’t to miss.
Auburn @ Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt's 2007 season was not too bad. The Commodores finished 5-7 and had a big win against South Carolina. Vandy has been somewhat of an embarrassment to the SEC when taking about football. Vandy will get their chance to go to Atlanta but not this year. Vandy should come in this game 2-2 with there losses against South Caroline and Ole Miss.
Auburn can relax in this game after coming off two big games.
As much as I wish that this would be an exciting game, it just won’t be. There might be more orange in the stands than gold and black. The Tigers roar in this game.
Arkansas @ Auburn
Arkansas ended their '07 season with a disappointing loss to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. Arkansas loses their dynamic duo Darren McFadden and Felix Jones to the NFL, as well as head coach Houston Nutt. The Hogs hired a new head coach in Bobby Petrino—an offensive mastermind. I wonder how long Petrino will be at Arkansas.
The Hogs should come in this game 2-3 losing to Texas, Alabama, and Florida.
Auburn and the fans will be waiting for Petrino and the Hogs to wonder into Jordan-Hare Stadium. With Petrino being the former offensive coordinators for the Tigers the Hogs will be ready, but the Tigers are too much.
This has been fun to watch over the years, but this year everything changes. Arkansas loses its fourth game of the season.
Auburn @ West Virginia
West Virginia's 2007 season was another success, with an 11-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma. The Mountaineers lose Steve Slaton, but replace him with Noel Devine. The biggest returning player for the Mountaineers is Pat White, who might cause a problem for the Tigers defense. West Virginia should come into the game undefeated.
The Tigers should also come into the game undefeated. The Tiger offense will have a chance to show the mountaineers that they can also run the spread.
Kodi Burns and Pat White are going to shine in this primetime game that might end the hopes of both teams to play in the National Championship game. It’s going to be a showdown in Morgantown.
The world will see—can West Virginia's new head coach win the big games? I think Wes will step up and win the Tigers the game.
Auburn @ Ole Miss
Ole Miss' '07 season was very disappointing for Rebels fans, but who cares. Ole Miss loss every conference game and finished the season 3-9. Ole Miss fired their head coach at the end of the season and hired Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt.
Ole Miss loses star running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to the NFL and is being in a solid recruiting class. The Rebels should come into this game 4-4 losing against Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas. Watch for Jason Jones—an underground recruit who will make some noise this season.
Auburn comes into Oxford after a tough game in West Virginia, but will run over the Rebels. The Tigers will enjoy embarrassing Ole Miss in Oxford.
All I got to say is—when you don’t like Tuberville, he has security by the name of the Auburn Tigers to handle all his problems.
The Tigers homecoming game is against Tennessee-Martin. This game is for the fans and for second stringers to get some experience.
Georgia @ Auburn
The Dogs ended their '07 season with a Sugar Bowl victory against Hawaii. Georgia surprised a lot of people last season, pushing toward a national championship and producing two future Heisman candidates in Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno.
Georgia is looking to be a national championship contender in the upcoming season. Georgia should come into the game 9-1 with their lone loss coming against LSU or Florida.
This game will be the toughest challenge for Auburn this season. The coaching staff is really going to have to work if they won’t to beat the dogs. It’s going to take the players, coaches, and fans to push Auburn to a victory.
The last couple of seasons, Georgia has had Auburn's number. And I don’t think it will change this season. Tommy Tuberville will have to work to win this game. It depends on who wants it.
Auburn @ Alabama
The Tide had a season not too satisfying for their loyal fans. Alabama finished 7-6 with an Independence Bowl victory against Colorado. With Nick Saban's killer recruiting class, the Tide might start to roll coming this fall. Alabama should come in to this game 9-2 losing against Georgia and LSU.
Auburn will come off a bye week and be ready to face the Tide in the Iron Bowl.
Nick and the Crimson Tide will be ready to bring back the glory to Alabama football. But they've got another thing coming. Watch out Crimson Tide, the Tigers are coming into town.
If every thing plays out how I hope it will, Auburn will go to the SEC championship game and still have a chance to play in the national championship game. War Eagle!!!