Asmussen's Top 50: No. 7 Auburn

Asmussen's Top 50: No. 7 Auburn

Bob Asmussen takes a glance at the latest college football team in his Top 50.

No. 7: Auburn

Coach: Gus Malzahn    

2013 record: 12-2

Projected 2014 record: 10-2

Circle the date: Nov. 29 at Alabama

Why No. 7: The Tigers shocked the world and made it all the way to the national title game last season. It won’t be so easy to sneak up on everybody this year. But the Tigers might be so good that it won’t matter. Quarterback Nick Marshall returns for what should be an even better season. Six other starters are back on offense, including four lineman. The Tigers need to replace running back Tre Mason, but there is returning talent at the position. Former Illini fullback Jay Prosch won’t be easy to replace after opening holes for the other runners. Six starters are back for a defense that Malzahn hopes isn’t quite so generous this time around. The secondary should be the strength. Auburn needs younger players to fill some gaps on the line and at linebacker. Other than a game against Kansas State, the nonconference schedule is soft. But the league games make up for it with the Tigers playing LSU, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia and Alabama during one stretch.

Previous rankings
No. 8: UCLA

No. 9: Baylor

No. 10: Georgia

No. 11: Stanford

No. 12: LSU

No. 13: South Carolina 

No. 14: Texas A&M

No. 15: Wisconsin

No. 16: Notre Dame

No. 17: North Carolina

No. 18: Florida

No. 19: Clemson

No. 20: Texas Tech

No. 21: Southern Cal

No. 22: Mississippi

No. 23: Nebraska

No. 24: Texas

No. 25: Michigan

No. 26: Kansas State

No. 27: Washington

No. 28: Missouri

No. 29: Louisville

No. 30: TCU

No. 31: Iowa

No. 32: Mississippi State

No. 33: Northwestern

No. 34 Maryland

No. 35: BYU

No. 36: Oregon State

No. 37: Miami

No. 38: Cincinnati

No. 39: Pitt

No. 40: Duke

No. 41: Georgia Tech

No. 42: Marshall

No. 43: Arizona State

No. 44: Arizona

No. 45: Boise State

No. 46: Fresno State

No. 47: Penn State

No. 48: Virginia Tech

No. 49: Oklahoma State

No. 50: Illinois