Gene Chizik isn’t that far removed from SEC football.
Just two short years ago, Chizik was gearing up for his final season on The Plains that delivered an uninspired 3-9 record that eventually got him fired. Chizik appeared on the College Sports Today show, and he predicted Auburn to finish 10-2, with losses against South Carolina and rival Alabama, mostly because it’s in Tuscaloosa.
“That’s almost one of those 50-50 deals,” Chizik said, according to 247Sports. “If the game was at Auburn, I would pick Auburn.”
Chizik added that South Carolina is loaded, and he thinks the Gamecocks will ‘get’ the Tigers this season.
Chizik, of course, guided the Tigers to a 14-0 national championship season with Gus Malzahn as his offensive coordinator and Cam Newton as his quarterback, including the 24-0 comeback against Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Many pundits agree that Auburn is likely the best overall team entering 2014, but the schedule is just too tough to overcome. Along with playing the brutal SEC West gauntlet, the Tigers play rival Georgia and South Carolina from the East.
Assuming Chizik is right, that means Alabama would have the head-to-head over Auburn and is his favorite to win the western division.