No Respect For Auburn as National Champions

Defending Champion Auburn Tigers ranked No.23

8/23/11 in NCAAF   |   Tiger_Pride2   |   3287 respect

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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. 
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8/26/11   |   towerman   |   2 respect

kramer wrote:
"That's why they play the games folks." <---BINGO!

They can have cam back.

8/26/11   |   softball3220

They shouldn't be number one just because they won the championship.  It is a different team this year.  The projections aren't based on last years success.  Preseason rankings are made just so people can talk about NCAA football.  Give it eight weeks and it will be clear where they should rank.

8/25/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

chevleclair wrote:
I'll never say that the guys that make these polls are a bunch of idiots, but the system is far from perfect.  You basically said something similar to what I said, save on the flip side. I look forward to seeing how Auburn handles this.

That's why they play the games, folks.

"That's why they play the games folks." <---BINGO!

8/25/11   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

kramer wrote:
I do see where people are coming from when saying they should be #1 because they are the defending champs.  However, this isn't the first time this has happened and it surely won't be the last.  When a team wins it all, but loses the players that helped them win it, they're looked at as a one-and-done type of team.  It's up to that team to prove they can still win with the group they have.  It happened with Pitt hoops a couple of years ago.  They were a basket away from the Final Four and lost it at the buzzer in the 2009 Tournament.  They were Big East champs and a #1 seed.  That year they lost 2 key seniors and Dejuan Blair who went pro after only 2 years of college.  As a result, the following year they were preseason ranked 9th in the Big East and not a tournament team.  They ended up finishing (I believe) 3rd in the stacked conference.  They proved all their critics wrong, it's up to Auburn to do the same.

I'll never say that the guys that make these polls are a bunch of idiots, but the system is far from perfect.  You basically said something similar to what I said, save on the flip side. I look forward to seeing how Auburn handles this.

That's why they play the games, folks.

8/24/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

(Edited by kramer)

I do see where people are coming from when saying they should be #1 because they are the defending champs.  However, this isn't the first time this has happened and it surely won't be the last.  When a team wins it all, but loses the players that helped them win it, they're looked at as a one-and-done type of team.  It's up to that team to prove they can still win with the group they have.  It happened with Pitt hoops a couple of years ago.  They were a basket away from the Final Four and lost it at the buzzer in the 2009 Tournament.  They were Big East champs and a #1 seed.  That year they lost 2 key seniors and Dejuan Blair who went pro after only 2 years of college.  As a result, the following year they were preseason ranked 9th in the Big East and not a tournament team.  They ended up finishing (I believe) 3rd in the stacked conference.  They proved all their critics wrong, it's up to Auburn to do the same.

8/24/11   |   autumnorangeflyers   |   182 respect

It dosen't matter because the Crimson Tide of Alabama will Win the National Championship..
''ROLL TIDE ROLL''

8/24/11   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Preseason polls are a joke...the kind of joke that an unfunny person tells over and over again, yet no one laughs. And when they don't laugh, they accuse the hearers of the joke of not having a sense of humor. Yeah. That's what preseason polls are.

8/24/11   |   thumper622000   |   212 respect

Auburn is a good team........same can be said of all SEC teams, but I agree, they should be given the benefit of the doubt. As far as OU being #1 this year in pre-season, it won't last long

8/24/11   |   chevleclair   |   378 respect

Last year's champion is this year's number one at preseason.  If any other team objects to that notion, I have to paraphrase a legendary wrestler.

Shut up and play.

I'm a biased fan as far as Auburn is concerned, but unbiased as far as results. Auburn won it all last year, and they're the team to beat until someone beats them.

8/24/11   |   jswol54   |   20819 respect

Preseason polls are worth about as much as soiled toilet paper.  I wouldn't fret.  Auburn can prove themselves on the field where it counts the most. 

8/24/11   |   mk_donley   |   2554 respect

Hm, you think the Cam Newton scandal has something to do with it?

8/24/11   |   derms33   |   17649 respect

Guess they didn't buy a QB this year