I simply don't get it. Auburn is a decent football team but in all fairness I truly don't think that many of these predictions I am hearing about regarding Auburn are realistic. First, Auburn lost 5 starters off its' front 7 on Defense. This alone is bad enough but those defensive players were absolutely manhandled at times last season by USC, UGA, and LSU. Now Auburn must completely rebuild its' defense with players who weren't good enough to start last year. It's one thing to have to replace a couple of players but 5 of the front 7 is a major chore for any team. Now consider that LSU & UGA are both expected to have OL's which are at least as good as last season and I have to think that Auburn is going to have some serious matchup problems on their defense. Second, Auburn's offensive line could not consistantly run block against the better teams on their schedule last season and Auburn loses their best Tackle. Auburn had tremensous problems picking up the blitz last season and as a result Jason campbell is very likely to see more blitz packages than ever this season. Third, the running backs at Auburn are hyped to no end but if you research the actual production of Caddy and Ronnie Brown, it is obvious that they piled up yardage against the Western Ky's, ULM's, Miss. State's, and other assorted nobodies on their schedule last year. Against, USC,LSU, & UGA, the Auburn running game was nonexistant. LSU held Caddy to 50 yards rushing & UGA held him to under 30 yards. Some of this relates to the problems on the Auburn OL but the fact is that Auburn's running backs were simply shut down by the better teams Auburn played last season and I have seen nothing to indicate that a great transformation has occurred at Auburn which will change the average at best running attack from last season. Fourth, Tubberville just hired his 3rd Offensive Coordinator in the last 3 years. This is going to be the 3rd offensive system that the Auburn offensive players have had to learn in 3 years which is going to be a confusing situation for Auburn's players at best. Oh, by the way, who did Tubby go out and hire as his OC after his "national search"? None other than the OC from that known offensive powerhouse at Indiana which is coached by none other than one Gerry Dinardo. Fifth, Jason Campbell returns as the Auburn QB. Campbell is an average QB and is learning his 3rd offensive system in 3 years going into his Senior season at Auburn. Campbell just never has shown that he can carry his team and usually becomes more & more eratic as the game wears on, especially if he has been hit a few times. Look for Campbell to be pressured into more poor decisions. There has been nothing I have seen from Campbell to indicate that anything else should be expected. Sixth, the turmoil from last season when Tubby nearly got run off has calmed down for now but only after Auburn fired their President and Athletic Director. If Auburn loses a couple of games early, you can bet that the pressure will be on again. Tubby is on the hot seat even though he was given a cosmetic job extension after the botched firing by the Auburn administration last year. Considering all these things, I simply do not understand the predictions by some who think Auburn is some powerhouse. there is nothing there to indicate that Auburn is anything more than an average SEC team which is still in a little turmoil. I certainly don't believe that if LSU was in a situation simlar to Auburn's that they would be a media darling of any sort. What amazes me is how these predictions of Auburn success this season simply overlook major weaknesses and concerns at Auburn. It is amazing.