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Auburn 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +2800
- To make Playoff: +480
- To win the SEC: +725
- To win the SEC West: +515
- Win Total: 9 (over -115, under -105)
All lines as of Aug. 20. Always shop for the best line.
Auburn 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 9.9
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Auburn to not make New Year’s Six Bowl (-195)
Last November belonged to the Tigers, who beat both teams that played for the national title. No Auburn fan wants to remember the SEC Championship Game or the flat spot in the Peach Bowl, but we will always have the wonderful videos of students getting trapped in hedges after the win over Alabama.
Scheduling played a big role in Auburn’s 2017 season, and that karma comes back in 2018 with road games at Georgia and Alabama in November. A trip to Mississippi State is no cakewalk either, and will be the Tigers’ third-toughest road game. Opening the season against projected Pac-12 champion Washington makes this the toughest schedule in the nation.
The Tigers are 47th in returning production, with losses mostly on defense. The secondary is the least experienced unit, and in a division with Ole Miss and Alabama, that could spell trouble. The Tigers return their front seven, which should continue to put up stellar stats; they were sixth in efficiency, third in finishing drives and 16th in adjusted line yards last season.
The offense will be just as potent with Gus Malzahn still in town after his contract extension. Jarrett Stidham returns under center, but there’s competition at three offensive line spots.
There could be regression for a unit that ranked fifth in power success rate, a stat that illustrates how well a line converted short-yardage rushing plays for first downs. Coach J.B. Grimes describes the group as “still a work in progress.”
Auburn’s road games at Georgia and Alabama will keep any considerations for the SEC or West Division at bay. And even though the Tigers will be favored against Washington, LSU and Mississippi State, the schedule is conducive to a nine-win season.
Auburn to not make a New Year’s Six Bowl (-195) is awfully juicy, and with an inexperienced secondary and offensive line, it might represent the most solid value on a Tigers future. War Eagle!
What else you need to know about Auburn
Need a bowl bet on the Tigers? The total is 0-4-1 (four unders) in Auburn bowl games since 2013. Also, Auburn is 7-1 against the spread as a home underdog since 2013, though the Tigers shouldn’t be a home dog at any point this season.