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Trotter doesn't care where you rank Auburn

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08:13 AM ET 07.11 | Is it possible Auburn will fall flat on its face? The Bowl Coalition was born in 1992, giving way to the Bowl Championship Series six years later. In those 18 seasons, the defending national champions have lost an average of 2.3 games. The worst showing was LSU in 2008, when the Tigers went 8-5 overall and 3-5 in the SEC. Florida had nine wins one year after the 2006 title. LSU won nine in Nick Saban's final year there in 2004. But seven wins? Six wins? Even a losing record, as only the boldest prognosticators have suggested? It has never happened for a defending national title team. And players don't think it will."I've never really put much stock into preseason [predictions] at all," [Barrett Trotter] said. "I don't really care what people rank us."

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July 11, 2011  08:26 AM ET

They'll revert to the mean, at least for them, somewhere around 8-5 IMO.

July 11, 2011  08:37 AM ET

Only 1 returning D lineman with experience, linebackers have been depleted and the secondary will be completely rebuilt. 40% of the roster from last year is gone. With all this turnover it will be tough to repeat. 7-6 IMO.

July 11, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Spent all their money last year.

July 11, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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Spent all their money last year.

"All In"

July 11, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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"All In"

Yep, and won that pot...at least for a while.

July 11, 2011  08:50 AM ET

.....and neither do I!

July 11, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

.....and neither do I!

doh...

That's what I was going to say. Thanks for the ninja PR.

July 11, 2011  09:06 AM ET

AU will be fine. It will be a down year but long term they have recruited well and as long as that OC stays there they will be fine. He leaves and watch out.

July 11, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Of 120 NCAA division 1 teams, auburn is ranked dead last for returning starters. It's going to be a tough year.

July 11, 2011  09:16 AM ET
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Of 120 NCAA division 1 teams, auburn is ranked dead last for returning starters. It's going to be a tough year.

one exception JK, many of those D-1 teams were so lousy they don't want their starters coming back...they want some new ones!

July 11, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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one exception JK, many of those D-1 teams were so lousy they don't want their starters coming back...they want some new ones!

Well, true. It's all relative. Obvious, auburn is going to be better than some teams who return a lot of starters, if only because every starter they have returning sucks.

July 11, 2011  09:34 AM ET

Malzahn will get the most out of the QB, whoever that is. Someone close to Aubie tell me, did second string get a lot of snaps last year? From the outside looking in, it was Newton, Fairley, and Dyer....only one of which is back. Can't remember much else a/b the team.

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July 11, 2011  09:44 AM ET
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Well, true. It's all relative. Obvious, auburn is going to be better than some teams who return a lot of starters, if only because every starter they have returning sucks.

Yah, I think UNM gets a bunch of starters back... Not so sure anyone else would want them.

July 11, 2011  12:01 PM ET

Dead thread!!!!

July 11, 2011  12:26 PM ET
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Dead thread!!!!

It was dead from the start. It's been hacked over on every sports outlet that Auburn is having to replace most of their starters. This is a rehash of what has been said in dozens of other articles. I will say, however, that Auburn loose a few early games (Clemson, Miss ST[?]) but they've had strong recuiting classes for three years running and have a ton of inexperienced talent. They'll close strong and some of the teams playing them late in the season better be ready.

July 11, 2011  12:32 PM ET

Auburn will have to launder some drug money and pay to get some good players.

July 11, 2011  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

It was dead from the start. It's been hacked over on every sports outlet that Auburn is having to replace most of their starters. This is a rehash of what has been said in dozens of other articles. I will say, however, that Auburn loose a few early games (Clemson, Miss ST[?]) but they've had strong recuiting classes for three years running and have a ton of inexperienced talent. They'll close strong and some of the teams playing them late in the season better be ready.

+1....don't look forward to seeing Aubie on the sideline in Fayetteville this year. I bet we get a scare from either Aubie or Tennessee this year.

 
July 11, 2011  01:03 PM ET
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+1....don't look forward to seeing Aubie on the sideline in Fayetteville this year. I bet we get a scare from either Aubie or Tennessee this year.

Who is Arkansas QB WPS?

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