Looking at the 2011 season, Auburn fans may want to hold the phone on making reservations in Atlanta or New Orleans.
Heck, Shreveport may even be a stretch.
Phil Steele offers an interesting look at teams who lost more than anyone else in college football. The team that lost the most? You guessed it.
Among 120 FCS (Division 1) football schools, Auburn ranks dead last…#120 out of 120…in the number of starters returning for next season.
In fact, with only seven starters returning, Auburn has three less than their nearest competitors (Hawaii, Iowa and TCU, all with 10).
Make what you will of the numbers. For instance, how many of Vandy’s starters are better than the back-ups Florida has moving in? And some of the “national” data could be considered bogus. The only reason Bama is 16 and not 26 is alphabetical with the number of teams with 17 starters returning.
But in a snapshot, you can see the teams who are poised to be destructive in 2011, and those who are likely to struggle.
With the dead season about to be upon us, there’ll be plenty of time for analysis before 2011 kicks off. But it’ll be interesting to see how the Gus Malzahn dipsy-doo, trickeroo offense manages with a green QB and only three returning starters around him. His record without a lightening-in-a-bottle-QB is 7-5.
If I were a Tiger, I wouldn’t make bowl plans.
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