Defending Champion Auburn Tigers ranked No.23
The defending National Champions of college football will start the 2011 season ranked No.23.
Behind the best offensive line in school history and perhaps the best QB in NCAA history, Auburn willed their way to a championship. If nobody gave Auburn a shot one year ago, then they're most definitely not in 2011.
Auburn lost their best offensive and defensive players, Cameron Newton and Nick Fairley to the NFL. The best offensive line in college football isn't coming back, and the team's best wide receiver won't be coming back either. When you look at the team on paper it doesn't look like a National Championship team.
The Tigers will have a solid rushing attack. Micheal Dyer and Onterrio McCalebb. will share the carries. Micheal Dyer broke many of Bo Jackson's freshman rushing records last season as a true freshman. He could have all of the Auburn rushing records before he's done. Dyer reminds me of Barry Sanders.
No defending champion has started as low as the 2011 Auburn football team. I don't think the Tigers should have been ranked below No.10 regardless of the 16 starters they lost. No champion should be ranked out of the top 10, but most definitely not out of the top 20. Auburn will have something to prove.