Auburn’s 2014 College Football Futures Betting Odds

Auburn's 2014 College Football Futures Betting Odds

Auburn’s 2014 College Football Futures Betting Odds

Coach Gus Malzahn’s work in 2013 was beyon expectations, ending their season 3 points short of winning the BCS Championship game after a 3-9 season the year before. Can the Auburn Tigers prove that their 2013 campaign was more than a stroke of luck in a SEC conference packed with talent?

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"Well, we’ve got a lot of our guys coming back, and that’s a good thing," Malzahn said on ESPN SportsCenter during the network’s annual Car Wash. "Four of our five offensive lineman are back. We’re a run, play-action team, and we’ve got a lot of receivers who can make plays down the field. I’m excited."

College Foorball 2014 Future Odds For Auburn

  • Week 1 Odds Arkansas @ Auburn -21
  • To Win The 2014/2015 College Football Championship: +900
  • To Win the SEC: +400
  • Regular Season Wins: Over/Under 9

How Will Auburn’s Offense Look in 2014?

Tigers QB Nick Marshall is rated +1200 to win the Heisman Trophy this season, and most, including me, expects him to become the best in the entire SEC conference at his position.

Marshall recorded 1759 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions last season, number that can be considered for a game manager, but keep an eye on this; coach Malzahn has never had a starting quarterback returning for a second year on his nine years in College Football; Marshall’s can only get better no his second year under coach Malzahn.

"He’s got a natural throwing motion, he can throw it 75 yards and make all the throws," Malzahn said. "We really felt good after the spring coming out that we could be more balanced."

Auburn’s biggest challenge will be replacing Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason in the backfield, who is now in the NFL. Seniors running back Cameron Artis-Payne and Corey Grant have returned for their last year and have the task to emulate what Mason did in 2013, where the team ranked first in the nation in rushing yards (328.3 yards per game).

The Tigers feel comfortable with what they see out of their receiving corps with WR Sammie Coates (38 rec, 841 yards, 7 TDs in 2013) emerging as the number one target, joined by WR Ricardo Louis (26 rec, 297 yards 2 TDs) at the other side of the formation. However, Junior college transfer D’haquille Williams could steal Louis’ job as the number two wideout.

"At least since I’ve been at Auburn, this has been the most talented receiving group we’ve had," Malzahn said. "We’ve got guys who can make plays in one-on-one situations, and if you can run the ball effectively, you’re going to get those."

How Will Auburn’s Defense Look in 2014?

If you take a look at Auburn’s numbers in 2013, Florida State last drive in the BCS Championship game wasn’t a fluke, it was reality for the Tigers, who were 86th in the country in total defense, giving over 420 yards per game.

The team lost defensive end Dee Ford (10.5 sacks in 2013) and cornerback Chris Davis. Carl Lawson, who got four sacks as a true freshman, will replace Ford, and defensive backs Josh Holsey or Jonathon Mincy will be called to fill the place Davis left.

Considering how bad they were a year ago, and this will be the first time the Tigers’ defense won’t have to learn a new scheme under a new coordinator in three years, I expect a major jump in the performance scale this season.

Auburn Tigers 2014 Schedule

  • Saturday, August 30 vs Arkansas 4:00 PM ET | SEC NETWORK
  • Saturday, September 6 vs San Jose State 7:00 PM ET | ESPN2 ESPNU
  • Thu, September 18 @ Kansas State 7:30 PM ET | ESPN
  • Saturday, September 27 vs Louisiana Tech | TBD
  • Saturday, October 4 vs LSU | TBD
  • Saturday, October 11 @ Mississippi St | TBD
  • Saturday, October 25 vs South Carolina | TBD
  • Saturday, November 1 @ Ole Miss | TBD
  • Saturday, November 8 vs Texas A&M | TBD
  • Saturday, November 15 @ Georgia | TBD
  • Saturday, November 22 vs Samford | TBD
  • Saturday, November 29 @ Alabama | TBD

Auburn Tigers 2014 Betting Analysis

Coach Gus Malzahn’s main problem is his team lost the element of surprise it helped them steamroll in 2013. Now teams will be prepared for the Tigers, and that could change the landscape for Auburn.

2014 Auburn Tigers Projected Offensive Starters

 

QB

Nick Marshall-Sr

 

RB

Cameron Artis-Payne-Sr

 

HB

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WR

Sammie Coates-Jr

 

WR

Ricardo Louis-Jr

 

WR

Quan Bray-Sr

 

TE

C.J. Uzomah-Sr

 

OT

..

 

OG

Alex Kozan-So

 

C

Reese Dismukes-Sr

 

OG

Chad Slade-Sr

 

OT

Avery Young-So

 

K

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2014 Auburn Tigers Projected Defensive Starters

 

DE

Elijah Daniel-So

 

DT

Montravius Adams-So

 

DT

Gabe Wright-Sr

 

DE

LaDarius Owens-Sr

 

STAR

Robenson Therezie-Sr

 

MLB

Kris Frost-Jr

 

WLB

Cassanova McKinzy-Jr

 

CB

Jonathon Mincy-Sr

 

CB

Johnathan Ford-So

 

BS

Joshua Holsey-Jr

 

FS

Jermaine Whitehead-Sr

 

P

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