SEC Country’s Auburn football coverage team weighs in on their biggest takeaway from last week’s SEC Media Days and high expectations for the Tigers this season.
Lauren Shute: ‘Alabama is nervous about Auburn’
I think Alabama is nervous about Auburn — and should be. The fact that Nick Saban stood up and overlooked the Tigers this early on tells me he’s already thinking about the Iron Bowl. I’m not sure that’s been the case in recent years. Malzahn also made it clear that this is one of his deepest teams since he’s been at Auburn. More importantly, the group gets along well. Genuine chemistry is difficult to develop, but it’s a huge part of why teams are able to upset programs like Alabama. The Tigers outplayed Alabama at times in Bryant-Denny last year, even though they suffered a double digit loss. But with the game being played in Jordan-Hare? It’s anyone’s game.
Justin Ferguson: ‘Refreshing change for Malzahn’
This was the fifth time Gus Malzahn has been at SEC Media Days, and I’ve been in Hoover for three of those. Out all of those appearances, this was definitely the most cool, calm and confident I’ve ever seen Malzahn. He believes his team has what it takes to challenge for championships this fall. This wasn’t filled with “we’re taking it one game at a time” coach speak. It was pure belief from a coach that feels like the new additions on offense will be enough to get Auburn back to where it wants to be. It was a refreshing change for Malzahn, who looks more and more settled as a “head coach” than just an “offensive genius” these days.
Benjamin Wolk: ‘Expectations are set’
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