SEC Country takes a look at each of Auburn’s 12 opponents and ranks them on the Tough Enough scale, from easy enough to toughest opponents on the schedule. The four-part series starts with the easiest opponents on the Tigers’ schedule.
Alabama A&M and Louisiana-Monroe combined for a 5-19 record last season, and if you combined their returning starters on offense and defense you would be able to field a 22-man roster. In other words, these teams short on wins last season are also short on experience. That could be a good thing for the Bulldogs and Warhawks in the end, but on paper things like mighty dire heading into the season.
ULM will be the toughest opponent of the two, but consider this: the Warhawks tied for 112th in the country last season in defense while allowing 36.5 points per game. Their best player, cornerback Trey Caldwell, is also no longer on the team.
Meanwhile, A&M was picked to finish second-to-last in the SWAC Eastern Division earlier this month.
Easy opponents? Oh, yeah. Auburn should beat these teams with ease this season.
Coming Wednesday: Tough enough
2015 record: 2-11, 1-7 Sun Belt
Coach: Matt Viator, 1st year
Returning starters: Offense (8); Defense (3)
Game time: Oct. 1 at TBA
2015 record: 3-8, 3-6 SWAC
Coach: James Spady, 3rd year, 7-16
Returning starters: Offense (3); Defense (8)
Game time: Nov. 17 at TBA