The Athletic’s Justin Ferguson joins Matt with a fall preview on the Auburn Tigers. How hot is the seat of head coach, Gus Malzahn?
“I would call it a warm seat more than a hot seat,” Ferguson said. “If Auburn got rid of him this season it would still be a lot of money.”
If Auburn can show some improvement Ferguson thinks it benefits Gus. It won’t take an SEC Championship Ferguson says. Auburn has a hot and heavy quarterback competition underway on The Plains, who has the upper hand?
“If you asked me a few weeks ago, I would’ve said Joey Gatewood,” “Here in the last few weeks Beau Nix, the true freshman has really come on.”
Ferguson says that Nix has come on so strong, he would pick him to win the starting job for game one.
Ferguson touches on the recieving corps for the Tigers. The unit is dealing with a few injuries, but has the depth to overcome it.
Auburn is stacked up front coming into 2019. Ferguson believes this to be the key to the Tigers’ season.
“With what Auburn has on offense and on defense up front, that’s going to keep them in a lot of games,” Ferguson said. “Everything points to Auburn having a much better season up front.”
When looking at the schedule, you see that it’s tough. Ferguson lays out the roadmap to a successfull season for Auburn.
“When you work with the schedule, they have a chance to get off to a decent start,” Ferguson said. “If Auburn goes 9-3 with this schedule and a freshman quarterback, you are probably going to the New Year’s Six for the 3rd time in four years.”