1. The offensive line will be rock solid.
Auburn’s starting offensive line as a unit returns 111 starts, the sixth-most in the nation. They’re not all simply lifers who are hanging around, as C Ryan Pugh was named second team All-SEC by the AP and LT Lee Ziemba received the same honors from the conference’s coaches. Last year’s team, from which four starters remain, paved the way for the second-most prolific rushing offense in SEC play. It’s a big and nasty line made of all upperclassmen that will be one of the conference’s three best (and probably among the ten best nationally), a must for a team replacing its starting quarterback and primary running back.