Auburn hopes to build on last season’s impressive 9-4 record. The Tigers will need sophomore Quarterback Bo Nix to play a bigger role and several experienced returnees to step up their games as well. Head Coach Gus Malzahn enters his 8th season on the hot seat once again and will need a double-digit win season in 2020 to silence all of the doubters. Auburn only returns three starters on Offense and everything will start and end with sophomore Quarterback Bo Nix. The Offensive Line doesn’t return any starters and the experienced returnees will be blocking for a pair of solid Running Backs in sophomore D.J. Williams and junior Shaun Shivers. The Wide Receiving Unit returns two starters in senior Eli Stove and junior Seth Williams. Look out for junior Anthony Schwartz to have a big season as well. Auburn only returns four starters on Defense including one starter on the Defensive Line in senior Defensive End Big Kat Bryant. The Linebacking Unit returns two starters and will be anchored by senior Middle Linebacker K.J. Britt. The Secondary lacks experience as only one starter returns in junior Cornerback Christian Tutt. Auburn will need several experienced returnees to step up for the Defense to be solid once again in 2020. The Special Teams Unit will be carried by junior Kicker Anders Carlson while freshman Patrick Markwalter will most likely handle the Punting duties. Auburn has the talent to compete with anyone in the SEC. The question is – can they? The Tigers have a tough schedule with road games at Georgia and Alabama and home games against Texas A&M and LSU. Auburn will most likely challenge for the SEC West Division Championship but fall short. I believe Auburn is still a year away from making big waves and advancing to the College Football Playoff. I predict Auburn improves slightly and goes 10-3 in 2020.

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