Today we’ll run down a few predictions for Auburn’s 2013 season. I will also share one or two of my own. If you like to see Gus Malzahn break down plays on a white board, we’ve got a video embedded below that pertains to one of the predictions.
Let’s start with the most mainstream, down home prediction possible and break it down a little. The voters at SEC Media Days picked Auburn to finish fifth in the SEC west. How many wins does that mean? Because they picked Alabama to win the SEC by such a landslide, I am figuring they project UAT to lose zero conference games. From there the breakdown is LSU, 1–2 losses; Texas A&M, 2–3 losses; Ole Miss, 4 losses; and Auburn, 5 conference losses.
Most everyone agrees Auburn will win our four non-conference games, so predicting five conference losses equates to a seven-win season. Have I interpreted that correctly?
Seven wins more or less jives with Paul Myerberg’s prediction. He says we will win at least six games—beating the non-conference opponents plus two of what he considers our beatable conference opponents: both Mississippis, Arkansas and Tennessee. He says it’s possible we could sweep these winnable conference games. Thus, his prediction is basically 6–8 wins.
The most valuable thing about Myerberg’s write up is that he nominates Gimel President for the All-name team, which reminds me I want to do a player profile of sorts on Mr. President.
Ok—having looked at some standard, general previews, let’s now engage some more specific predictions. Firstly, you may have seen previously that I am predicting Cody Parkey will win the 2013 Lou Groza Award. Here is a prediction that is even more specific.
Predicting Auburn's first scoring play of the year: Cameron Artis-Payne on the buck sweep. Takes it in for a 30-yard touchdown run.—
TheTigerTalk.com (@TheTigerTalk) August 02, 2013
The Tiger Talk’s prediction of how we will score the first touchdown of 2013 reminds me of this video of Gus Malzahn breaking down the buck sweep.
When it works, it looks like this:
Now, in case anyone is wondering how many games I think Auburn will win this season, here it is: at least nine games. Seriously? Yes. What nine games? the four non-conference, both mississippis, Arky, UT and Alabama.
What?! What?! What?!
Yes, we will beat Alabama. I will explain why in another post. In case you think I am the most optimistic barner on the planet, try this on for size.
Football season is upon us. So it's time to predict Auburn 14-0 this year. Why 14-0? Well 14 = 14-0! My tweet is up I thank u for yours.—
(@alum98) August 09, 2013
Boom. There it is. The 2013 Auburn Tigers—14 wins. Think it can’t happen? You’re not alone. You wouldn’t have been last time either.