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Auburn preview: Malzahn convinced Tigers special

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Photographs by Associated Press

Auburn NCAA college football coach Gus Malzahn speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn exuded an aura of confidence during his appearance at SEC media days Thursday.

Auburn schedule

Sept. 2 Georgia Southern

Sept. 9 at Clemson

Sept. 16 Mercer

*Sept. 23 at Missouri

*Sept 30 Mississippi State

*Oct. 7 Ole Miss

*Oct. 14 at LSU

*Oct. 21 at Arkansas

*Nov. 4 at Texas A&M

*Nov. 11 Georgia

Nov. 18 Louisiana-Monroe

*Nov. 25 Alabama

  • SEC game

Auburn glance

Last season 8-5, 5-3 (tie 2nd in SEC West)

Coach Gus Malzahn (35-18 in fifth year at Auburn; 44-21 in sixth year overall)

Returning starters (18): Offense 7, Defense 8, Specialty 3

Key returning players PK Daniel Carlson, DT Marlon Davidson, CB Carlton Davis, S Tray Matthews, RB Kamryn Pettway, OL Braden Smith, QB Sean White

SEC title scenario The first order of business is establishing how the quarterback reps will be allotted and getting the offense on board. If quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and/or Sean White steady the reins of a balanced offense, Auburn looks to have enough defensive prowess to contend.

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