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Auburn vs Bye Week: Viewing the SEC From the Couch

Auburn played BYE this week and won! Let's talk about it.

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

I can't not post something on Sunday morning, and I'm going to be away from the computer for most of the day, so I decided to write most of this last night examining today in the SEC. Let's go around the league...

Vandy vs UGA

LOL DWAGS. Still, this makes me a bit nervous because our luck with UGA over the last few seasons sets this up to be a big let down. We also get this same Vandy team in a few weeks in Jordan-Hare Stadium. I think Auburn's defense is a bit more stout and the Tigers' OL and QB are better.

Alabama at Tennessee

Alabama is good. It's not exactly certain that any team they've beaten is very good, though. Alabama's defense is making up for some tendencies on offense that a good defense could exploit. We may see that put into play this coming weekend with Texas A&M playing them off a bye week.

Missouri at Florida

This was a game that was played? I must have missed it.

Southern Miss at LSU

DACOACHOISTWOANDOH. The defense is just as salty as ever with shutting down a very good USM offense. Perhaps Auburn getting into the red zone (even if we didn't score TDs) is more impressive than we thought.

Ole Miss at Arkansas

As I saw someone on Twitter say, I'm not worried any more about Arkansas than I was, and I feel a bit better about Ole Miss. Austin Allen scares me a bit, but I think Auburn's defense is more physical than Ole Miss' right now, and Auburn's offense can't be turned into a one-dimensional one like Ole Miss' can.

Plus, we get the Piggies at home in a night game. They'll be without a key DB for a half who was ejected for targeting in last night's game against Ole Miss.

Looking Ahead

Auburn can beat every team remaining on its schedule. Yes, even Bama. I'm not saying they WILL, because it's going to take stellar play to beat Ole Miss and Alabama on the road. The most likely outcome is still an 8-4 regular season.

But there's definitely a chance that this Auburn team - if it continues building on the last few weeks' success - could end up doing some very special things.