SEC Football Preview:Auburn

Collin Brister
Sports Writer

Auburn struggled at times last year at the quarterback position, but they look to have that cleared up with Baylor transfer Jarett Stidham joining the program. The Tigers were dominant on defense last year, and that is likely to keep up this season.
The Tigers rushed the football at will at times last year, but their downfall when that wasn’t working was that they weren’t able to push the ball down the ntinue ball down the field through the air.
They went through a plethora of quarterbacks, but none of them were able to keep the job on a consistent basis, and they weren’t consistent in hitting intermediate routes either, so teams could load the box and dare Auburn to make plays over the top.
If they were able to get a solid push on the offensive line, they were able to get a dominate offensive performance, but if they weren’t they often times were dominated.
That was never more clear in the Georgia game. Auburn was a much better team than the Bulldogs, but their inability to complete passes down the field allowed Georgia to just dare them to pass the ball, and Auburn had no answer for their defense.
The Tigers excelled last year on the defensive side of the football, and that kept them in games when the offense sputtered for multiple quarters at a time.
The Tigers will lose Carl Lawson off of last year’s team, and Lawson was a dominate presence on the defensive line, but they have enough depth guys that they can replace him with. They may struggle initially to get a ton of push on the defensive line, but they have athletes there that can make plays.
If they can continue to get after the passer like they did last season, the Tiger defense will be just as good as they were in 2017.
Eastern Opponents
Missouri-The Tigers will travel to Missouri in the 2017 season, and while going on the road in the SEC is never fun, that should be a game that the Tigers come out with a victory in.
Georgia-This game is one that you can never tell about. The underdogs have won the previous two years, and that usually means that someone caved to pressure on the road. Auburn will likely be favored by the time the Bulldogs roll onto the Plains, but Georgia could be competing for a chance to play in Atlanta as well.