So Kirk Herbstreit believes Auburn will unseat Alabama and win the SEC West? They might. Their defense has some depth this year and Cameron Newton should be a better fit for the spread offense than anyone AU has had at quarterback the last two years. But is Gus Malzahn’s offense really all it’s cracked up to be? The Tigers averaged more than 35 points per game in their first two SEC games a year ago (both wins). They then went 1-5 in their final six conference games and that scoring average plummeted to less than 21 points per contest. Auburn needs to prove that Malzahn is a genius… and that all those high-paid defensive coordinators in this league didn’t already figure out his vulnerabilities.