Auburn Looking For Improved Defensive Unit To Vault Them Into College Football Playoff In ’15

The Auburn Tigers want to party like it’s 2010. You know, like when they went 14-0 and won the national title. While it might not feel like Auburn is on the cusp of another amazing run like that, they might actually be a lot closer than people think. Auburn saw a drop-off in terms of actual success after going 8-5 in 2014, but still had an elite offense that helped them get off to a hot 5-0 start, perhaps exhibiting promise that a monumental run is in store. That’s one reason fans are amped to get their Auburn Tigers tickets for the upcoming campaign.

That offense stuck around beyond their shot at perfection, too, but unfortunately the Tigers couldn’t survive a defense that caved at the completely wrong moments. Mississippi State dropped 38 points on them in their first loss of the season and after losing an insane 41-38 shootout with Texas A&M, these Tigers just were never the same. From that point on, the offense was still strong, but the defense couldn’t keep things together, surrendering 30 or more points in six of their last seven games. That’s not going to get the job done no matter how good the offense is.

There is light at the end of the tunnel in 2015, as a ton of turnover (Nick Marshall, Sammie Coates and Cameron Artis-Payne have all departed) gives way to even more talent on both sides of the ball. There’s no guarantee it will translate and help the Tigers march on to another historic season, but getting back to their 2013 ways, when they went 12-2 and made it to the national title game, could be a realistic goal. And with the College Football Playoff now a thing, simply getting into that four-team haven is a win in itself.

The best part about this potentially wild ride? The insane value in Auburn Tigers tickets this year. This is a team that has been in two national title games since 2010, and has had only one truly bad season during that span, yet tickets to Tigers games are going for just $183.15 on average, according to Razorgator.com. Fans are going to see the value inside the SEC more than anywhere else, but we probably can’t expect much savings for killer showdowns with the Alabama Crimson Tide ($524.29 on average, $240 for the cheap seats), the LSU Tigers ($256.68, $113), Texas A&M ($265.61, $100) and the fierce rival Georgia Bulldogs ($257.55, $152). All of those games are going to be massive clashes with conference foes and will play a huge role in determining just what kind of a season Auburn will ultimately have.

Just as good as those intense matchups is the value Tigers fans can find in some of the lesser battles, as Auburn Tigers tickets free fall to just $56.57 ($13 to get in) for a matchup with the Idaho Vandals at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Additionally, two more home battles with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks ($87.72) and the San Jose Spartans ($96.20) both register as absolute bargains and sweet values for the hometown fans, as each game is a likely win for Auburn.

Ultimately, Auburn’s title hopes hinge on two things: their run through the SEC and what comes of their defense. Even with changes at quarterback, running back and wide receiver, there’s still a solid chance the offense won’t miss a beat. But winning in the brutal SEC and finding a way to turn a shaky defense into a strength will be key to Auburn’s College Football Playoff hopes.

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