The disrespect of Auburn football has been pretty loud this offseason, with many predicting a step back for the program under first-year head coach Bryan Harsin.
It has never been as obnoxious and abhorrent as it at this moment, however.
247Sports chimed in with their annual preseason SEC rankings, and the Tigers slipped down to 10th overall and sixth in the SEC West, with just Mississippi State below them.
Per 247Sports’ Twitter:
Y’all agree? pic.twitter.com/97bbJ1xoIf
— 247Sports (@247Sports) August 11, 2021
Predicting a step forward for both Ole Miss and Arkansas while simultaneously tabbing the Tigers to free-fall in the standings is an interesting take to say the least, especially when neither team will have a spotless record by the end of Week 2.
247Sports is just another in a long line of Auburn football doubters. Last week, the NY Post–whose nearest FBS college football program is Big Ten punching bag Rutgers–took aim at the Harsin hire as a potential reason for why they wouldn’t take a step forward in 2021 and why you shouldn’t put your money on AU:
Routinely overrated by the oddsmakers after Gus Malzahn’s smashing debut in 2013, the Tigers have been a pretty consistent money-burner since, and no surprise if Bryan Harsin’s Auburn debut is similarly overpriced (at least for a while). Spread failings or not, the thought persists among some SEC observers that Auburn hasn’t made an upgrade with this hire. And if not, point-spread shortcomings from the previous regime are not likely to change much either.
Calling them “dead money”, the Post wrote off the Tigers just like everyone else has done.
Luckily, the games are played on the field, and not in the newsroom. Jordan-Hare Stadium will probably bear witness to several great underdog feats this season, because that’s what Auburn football is all about.
This is simply bulletin board material for the Tigers, who are probably more ready to pounce every time something like this is published.