Do you think Georgia will repeat as the SEC champion? And Alabama as the national champion?
In the immortal words of ESPN College GameDay legend Lee Corso– “Not so fast, my friend.”
The 82-year-old former college football coach thinks defending SEC West champion will have something to say about that this fall. During an interview with WNSP in Mobile, Ala. on Wednesday, Corso was asked to give his opinion on Alabama, Georgia and Auburn returning as the potential top 3 teams in the league.
“I think Auburn is the sleeper team,” Corso said. “They had a hell of a record last year. They were a good football team. The thing that happened to Coach [Gus] Malzahn is he lost a big game against Central Florida. That took the luster off of his season. He had a great season. He beat both Georgia and Alabama, when they were No. 1 in the nation, and I think people forget that.
“I think Auburn’s problem is that they lost the last game to Central Florida and everybody remembers that. I think it’s Auburn, Georgia and Alabama. Those three teams are the top teams.”
To be fair, most wouldn’t consider Auburn a “sleeper” in the traditional sense of the word. But Corso may be right in that Alabama and Georgia are receiving much of the offseason love after their dramatic overtime clash in the national title game, but the Tigers stood toe-to-toe with each of them and came out victorious during the 2017 season. And with quarterback Jarrett Stidham hoping for a healthy return in the fall, there’s really no reason Auburn can’t make a run at defending the SEC West title and then some.
Auburn has 28-to-1 odds to win the 2o18 College Football Playoff, according to Vegas Insider. There are only 10 college football teams with a better number, with Georgia (8-to-1) and Alabama (2-to-1) among them.