Dean Legge / Dawg Post

Legge's Thoughts: 2016 Auburn Preview

HOOVER, Ala. – Here's a look at Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers heading into the 2016 season.

Last season: 7-6, (2-6 SEC)

Last game vs. UGA: UGA 20, AUB 13 in Auburn

Series Record: UGA leads 56-55-8

Last five meetings vs. UGA: UGA 4, AUB 1

Most memorable Georgia win: 2002 – David Greene to Michael Johnson on fourth down. The game propelled Georgia to its first SEC title in 20 seasons. 

Most painful Georgia loss: 2013 – The Prayer at Jordan–Hare. One of the most amazing miracles in college football history - former UGA DB Nick Marshall, on fourth down, throws a ball up for grabs and although two UGA players could have knocked the ball down (one being current Auburn Tiger Trey Matthews), it was batted into the hands of Ricardo Louis. No. 7 Auburn defeated No. 25 Georgia 43-38 thanks to the play.

Legge’s Take: Oh the Gus Bus. We were all on board. Now? Just waiting to see if someone will fix two of these four flat tires that have been the 2014 and 2015 seasons. 

Yuck. That’s one way to put the letdown of playing for the national title in your first season as head coach only to go a combined 4-10 in league play in the following two seasons. Auburn was picked to win the SEC by the media last season at Media Days.

Once more: Auburn was picked to win the SEC by the media last season at Media Days.

Wow. 

Auburn has been really good of late at being really good—and then really not so good. Stability in the win column has evaded the Tigers for some time now. Consider that the Tigers have played for the national title twice since 2010, but gone a collective 6-12 against UGA, LSU and Alabama in that time. The wins have been glorious in those games - The Prayer at Jordan–Hare; the Kick Six; The Comeback. 

But the losses - oh,  the losses - they have been bad. UGA, Alabama and LSU’s average margin of victory over Auburn in the 12 losses is 24 points - an average score of 37-13. 

The Tigers, who finished last season in last place in the SEC West, are going to have to be much more consistent as a program in order to challenge their hated rivals from Tuscaloosa.

Count me as skeptical. 


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