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The 2011 Schedule: One Sentence Predictions

When I tried this out last year, I ended up 14-0 in my predictions. Who would have thought that being “such a homer” would ever make me look like I knew what I was talking about? Plus, and I don’t mean to brag (yes I do), the accuracy of some of the details I predicted was downright scary.

So in an attempt to replicate everything I did before last season to keep the good mojo going, I guess I’ll predict how things will turn out this year. I’m not as nice this time around, but I think it’s probably more positive than most are predicting. I just hope we’ll win one game, don’t you? I mean with a team full of random students they just pulled off the concourse…

Sept. 3 – Utah State – Auburn shakes off the rust and gets many newcomers some much needed real game experience in a slow 1st half/dominant 2nd half victory.
Worry level: 2. Score: Auburn 42, Utah State 13.

Sept. 10 – Mississippi State The Tigers remind the “surging” Bulldogs that they are still from Mississippi State in a confidence-boosting, but very hard fought win.
Worry level: 5. Score: Auburn 27, Mississippi State 17.

Sept. 17 – at Clemson Both teams are almost completely different than last year’s version, but the drop off was much less for Auburn, so the good Tigers will eek out their first road win.
Worry level: 7. Score: Auburn 24, Clemson 20.

Sept. 25 – Florida AtlanticBy halftime, Auburn will be more worried about Schnellenberger returning the 1983 National Championship trophy to its rightful owner.
Worry level: 1. Score: Auburn 49, FAU 10.

Oct. 1 – at South CarolinaThe Gamecocks are not the better program, but will beat the defending national champion in Columbia in the 5th game of the season for the second year in a row.
Worry level: 9. Score: South Carolina 31, Auburn 21.

Oct. 8 – at Arkansas – Tyler Wilson is not as good as everyone thinks he is, but he’ll be good enough on this day.
Worry level: 8. Score: Arkansas 34, Auburn 24.

Oct. 15 – Florida – Barrett Trotter does his best Tim Tebow impression for the rebuilding Gators as the Tigers beat Florida for the third straight time in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Worry level: 6. Score: Auburn 24, Florida 21.

Oct. 22 – at LSU In Les Miles’s last season at LSU, Auburn will break a five game streak of losses at Tiger Stadium in one of the most dominating wins in the series history.
Worry level: 6. Score: Auburn 34, LSU 10.

Oct. 29 – Ole Miss At this point in the season, Auburn will be surging while Ole Miss will still be Ole Miss.
Worry level: 3. Score: Auburn 35, Ole Miss 17.

Nov. 12 – at Georgia The underachieving Dawgs will have their crowd hype with new uniforms made out of actual Bulldog fur, but Auburn will use their experience from the LSU road win to be able to look past such hoopla and send another coach behind an ESPN set desk.
Worry level: 7. Score: Auburn 38, Georgia 24.

Nov. 19 – Samford This one has me so worried that I forgot to put it in the original version of this post.
Worry level: 1. Score: Auburn 49, Samford 3.

Nov. 26 – AlabamaRevenge for 2009 and revenge for Toomer’s will be taken this day, but seriously, we’ll see what happens.
Worry level: 10. Score: N/A.

You don’t know how much it hurts to put two losses on the schedule. I don’t know if they will come exactly on the two games I picked, but I’m feeling around two. I’d be happy with that, and I think most Auburn fans would be, too. I’ll take a 10 win season after a National Championship, especially when the world expects somewhere around 6-6.

Call me delusional. Call me a homer. I don’t care. I was right last year, were you?

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Jason 08/26/2011 at 11:19 am

Love the one-liner format, especially the ‘worry-level’. Georgia needs an ‘at’ though, I was trying to figure out why our road slate didn’t look as bad.

Rupert 08/26/2011 at 11:21 am

Obviously there are some games that are just impossible to predict with out seeing the finished product, especially with so many young guys in the rotation. I’m thinking SC, Ark, FLA, LSU, UGA, BAMA are all kind of up in the air. Do I see the Tigers winning all 6? No, but I also don’t see them losing many of those games. I think 4-2 gets them to your prediction, which I would say may be asking a lot. However, I don’t think folks factor in the momentum of a season and the fact that positive things can lead to more positive things. Once that ball gets rolling in the right direction…

Double_Eagle 08/26/2011 at 1:02 pm

One game at a time, that is all I can emotional handle. Ready for Utah State.

TheAuburnGirl 08/29/2011 at 10:20 am

I agree. Say it again, ONE GAME AT A TIME.

Charity 08/26/2011 at 1:42 pm

I would up Florida’s worry level and drop Georgia’s (only my opinion) but otherwise, I concur.

Matt Austin 08/26/2011 at 3:33 pm


I don’t think your giving Clemson and Georgia enough respect. Both teams played us to the wire last year ,and are very improved from last year. And, as awesome as a 34-10 victory in Death Valley would’re crazy. I think 8-4 is a B+ year. That’s giving our Tigers some credit. Let’s see what they’ll do.

(P.S. wanna see what ESPN will predict? last year Herbstreit spoke verbatim from This year 6-6 is what philsteele says, ESPN follows. FWIW, philsteele had us going 11-0 into the Iron Bowl last year – guy knows his stuff)

Drummer Matt

NCTiger 08/27/2011 at 2:34 pm

Phil Steele is normally very accurate, but I have heard part of our low rating is because he has not had as much access to Auburn as in the past and he is not the only one. Because of the Auburn hatefest Chizik has limited press interaction and had more closed practices. I don’t blame Chizik.

War Eagle !

TheAuburnGirl 08/29/2011 at 10:23 am

Worry Level for LSU & UGA should always be set at 10. The Worry Level-o-Meter goes out the top for the UAT game. Always, even at Jordan-Hare. All SEC games start at 3, even Vanderbilt.

OldTiger 08/30/2011 at 7:35 am

Auburn hung 49 points on Georgia last year. I don’t know if that’s going down to the wire. Just don’t see how Georgia can play in the SEC as thin as they are at RB.

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