Auburn football: The Score “likes nothing about Auburn in 2021”

Nothing? Nothing to like about Auburn football in 2021?

That’s what The Score thinks, at least. Alex Kolodziej is more bearish on the Tigers than Yogi, Fozzy, and Winnie the Pooh apparently.

That would explain him fading Auburn on their paltry win total of seven this season in the SEC during their upcoming 2021 campaign.

Take a look at his piece, titled “Early CFB win totals: Fade Auburn, bet Wisconsin”:

I like nothing about Auburn in 2021.

Quarterback Bo Nix was in the 22-1 range to win the Heisman last year after a flashy freshman season, but he took a huge step back. Now, he gears up for his junior campaign without his top-three receivers from last season in Anthony Schwartz, Seth Williams, and Eli Stove. The running game will be a strength, but it remains to be seen whether Auburn will lead enough for it matter.

The Tigers have a new coaching staff, are barely in the top half of the country in both offensive (No. 60) and defensive production (No. 62), and draw the nation’s second-toughest schedule.

Overall, this is a program that plays in the most grueling conference in football and features only mediocre talent. I’d expect 2021 to be a huge wake-up call for War Eagle.

Let’s just get this out of the way now. Tank Bigsby, Smoke Monday, and Roger McCreary are not seen by any other publication as mediocre talent. Bigsby is viewed by Bleacher Report as a Heisman candidate, while PFF grades the Tigers secondary–oh, and not the one that calls itself “DBU”–as the best in college football. 

Auburn football will realistically be in the mix for anywhere between seven and nine wins. One has to assume they won’t sweep the top dogs of the SEC (Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M) and are in danger of losing to improved 2020 duds LSU and Penn State on the road.

Kolodziej must see a loss to Ole Miss or Arkansas–two teams the Tigers took down in 2020–on the schedule.

Fly War Eagle doesn’t see the same, but that’s why they play the games, right?

We shall revisit this in December, Mr. Kolodziej.