Auburn will go 9-3 in the 2010 campaign

This time around, enthusiasm is blossoming like the magnolias in early spring and the expectations for Gene Chizik have been ratcheted up a few notches. So, is Auburn ready to get in the mix in the SEC West? After beating Alabama for 58 minutes and putting together a stellar recruiting class, can the Tigers finally break out in 2010? Or will this year be a stepping stone for the future?

For starters, the schedule is very favorable. Auburn’s toughest games are all at home — sans Alabama. So the Tigers have a chance to get out of the gate quickly (remember last year they started 5-0). This is also a team with 24 seniors and a potential rising star at quarterback.