The Auburn Tigers helped the SEC win its fifth consecutive BCS Championship Monday, knocking off the Oregon Ducks behind 329 all-purpose yards from quarterback Cam Newton and a remarkable run by running back Michael Dyer.
Dyer, a freshman, will return to the Tigers next season, but Newton is almost surely bound for the NFL Draft, where he projects as a top-15 pick. Like Oregon, Auburn was a veteran team in college terms and may lose a good number of its key contributors to the draft.
The team will still be talented enough to compete for an SEC and even national title, but they are certainly no sure bet to win either. Read on for an in-depth look at the 2010 Auburn Tigers, and their prospects for success in 2011.