The Auburn Tigers finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record, going 7-5 in the regular season before winning the Music City Bowl in blowout fashion.
That was considered a disappointing finish by many fans, so now the pressure is on the Tigers to improve quickly in 2019.
That won’t be easy, with a tough schedule that features games against Oregon, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU and Florida. However, CBS Sports analyst Chip Patterson thinks the Tigers will have a big year. On Monday’s episode of “The Paul Finebaum Show,” Patterson said he thinks the Tigers will win 10 games this fall:
"I have Auburn winning 10 games in the regular season. I love what they've got coming back on defense … I think they'll beat Oregon, LSU, and either Georgia or Alabama."
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 20, 2019
Both the Georgia and Alabama games are at Jordan-Hare Stadium, but the Florida, LSU and Texas A&M games are all on the road. The Oregon game in Week 1 will be played in Arlington, Texas.
A bad year could spell the end for Gus Malzahn’s tenure in Auburn. However, if he can navigate this brutal schedule and win 10 games, it could go a long way toward repairing his relationship with Tiger fans.