Auburn Football: Game-by-Game predictions for 2015
Now that we’ve entered the second week of fall practice, let’s continue our SEC game-by-game predictions series breaking down each and every contest during the regular season.
We pride ourselves on knowing college football’s most competitive conference as well as anyone and as one reader pointed out this summer using a weighted point system based on accuracy against other preseason prognosticators, our annual ‘Crystal Ball’ ranks among the nation’s most precise.
We called a couple big-time upsets last fall including Mississippi’s win over Alabama, but whiffed on South Carolina’s abrupt fall from grace in the East along with Mizzou’s second consecutive division title.
We’re ready for another exciting season of SEC football, aren’t you?
2015 CRYSTAL BALL SERIES
THE 2015 BATTLEFIELD
Sept. 5 vs. Louisville (Atlanta, W): This one won’t be easy for the Tigers in Atlanta as Jeremy Johnson officially inherits the offense and the Will Muschamp era gets underway on defense.
Sept. 12 vs. Jacksonville State (W): These Gamecocks won’t put up much of a fight during Auburn’s home opener. The Tigers’ new scoreboard will be put to good use.
Sept. 19 at LSU (W): Considering how lopsided last season’s meeting was at Jordan-Hare and noting LSU’s front four questions coming into the season, Auburn should rush for a bunch yards in Death Valley.
Sept. 26 vs. Mississippi State (W): Lots of offensive fireworks, not much defense in this one.
Oct. 3 vs. San Jose State (W): Auburn enters its bye week without a blemish and ranked inside the Top 10.
Oct. 15 at Kentucky (W): A noted trap game this fall on the SEC schedule, the Tigers need not look ahead during this Thursday night affair in Lexington. Auburn will find a way on the road.
Oct. 24 at Arkansas (L): The Razorbacks deliver a sucker punch felt nationally to one of college football’s remaining unbeatens in the first game of Murderer’s Row for the Tigers.
Oct. 31 vs. Ole Miss (W): In a matchup the Tigers have to win, Hugh Freeze’s offense struggles in a hostile environment against an improved front seven.
Nov. 7 at Texas A&M (W): Potentially one of the most exciting games of the year, the chess match between Muschamp and John Chavis spans 3.5 hours until the Tigers win in the final two minutes.
Nov. 14 vs. Georgia (W): The first of two possible games against the Bulldogs this season, Auburn has the slim edge playing at home. Storylines will be endless coming in with two Top 10s squaring off.
Nov. 21 vs. Idaho (W): Tigers improve to 10-1 before another Iron Bowl heard ’round the world.
Nov. 28 vs. Alabama (L): Auburn’s four-game winning streak is snapped, as if the Tigers’ bid for a Western Division crown.
2015 PROJECTED FINISH: 10-2, 6-2; Second in the West
THE LOWDOWN: Will Johnson’s be the heir apparent to Cam Newton? Can the Tigers overcome one of the nation’s toughest schedules? What effect will Muschamp have on Auburn’s defense? We’ll know the answers to these million dollar questions in due time, but picking the Tigers to win the SEC Championship this season feels like a year too soon.