There are 41 ball games this season, which means 82 teams will have the opportunity to watch the post-season.
According to CBS Sports, Auburn will not be one of the 82 teams playing in a pot.
Jerry Palm from CBS Sports released his Pre-season college football predictions Thursday morning did not include the Auburn Tigers in the field of expected bowl games. Palm’s College Football Playoff predictions include Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Oklahoma.
The 11 SEC team is expected to arrive after the season. Auburn, Missouri and Vanderbilt are the only three teams from the convention that Palm thinks she won’t attend.
There are a couple of requirements that a program must meet in order to be eligible to play in a pot. First, they must have at least six victories on their resume. Hypothetically, if there aren’t enough teams with six wins or more, and there are still places that a team has filled 5-7, they will likely be eligible for a post-season game if they have a high enough APR (Academic Progress Rate).
If Auburn loses a bowl, that definitely means five wins or less for the Tigers. BetOnline Currently has Auburn win total / less than equal group win six.
Here’s a look at Auburn’s schedule.
First week, September 3 vs mercer
Second week, September 10 against San Jose State
Week 3, September 17 opposite Pennsylvania
Fourth week, September 24 opposite Missouri
Fifth week, October 1 vs LSU
Sixth week, eighth of October in Georgia
Seventh week, October 15 in Ole Miss
Eighth week, October 22 – farewell week –
Week 9, October 29 against Arkansas
Week 10, November 5 in Mississippi
Week 11, November 12 Opposite Texas A&M
Week 12, November 19 Opposite Western Kentucky
Week 13, November 26 in Alabama
ESPN’s FPI believes the Tigers have the strongest SOS (schedule strength) in the country.
So, on paper, getting six wins can be a tough task. An argument can be made either way for Bryan Harsin & Co, who are still trying to determine who will be the first quarterback.
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