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It's difficult to say that the defending champs should be out of the preseason rankings, but you can make that case for Auburn.
It's a rarity that the defending champs can be located at No. 23 in the polls, but that's the case here. The Tigers should feel lucky they aren't out of the polls altogether.
There is no doubt that Auburn will be a solid football team, but for any team as good as they were a season ago, to return only six starters is a difficult task, not to mention losing their best player on each side of the ball.
Filling in for all of those guys will be a group of talented but less experienced players. While the Tigers crack the rankings for now, it might not be long before they fall out.