AU dead last among teams with returning starters

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).

Here’s a breakdown of the SEC’s returning offensive, defensive and special teams starters, as well as which teams’ starting quarterbacks return:

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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  1. 1
    AUTiger47

    ITK,

    With this post, you now officially when the Bama Fan Most Obsessed with Auburn award. Of the last 19 “articles” posted by you, 74 percent were about Auburn. Said another way, only 25 percent of the garbage you post is about Bama.

    Now, please explain to me how we are Auburn fans have a complex and are obsessed with bama. LOL!!!!!!!

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    au is a one time stinky stench for now can’t ignore it and many noobies do not know the historic skanks the au is – so it education of a generation

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    tider insider – bama gets cyrus k calloway fanning fo sho …very good clowney crowell pagan brassell

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    WAIT FOR IT

    Just wanted to update the Miss. St/ Auburn situation a little. The New York Times is working on a piece that will be published as soon as Friday but more likely on Sunday that will release some information regarding the investigation by the State of Mississippi into the Cameron Newton/ Cecil Newton/ Rogers scheme. This is ontop of information that was previously expected to be released today in federal court but has been delayed until early next week. The article and investigative report will reflect some very disturbing issues that have become common practice at a few institutions and with the other investigations going on have opened the situation to the core. There will be multiple indictments related to recruiting, and this is not just at Auburn and will cause the SEC commissioner to move forward with his request to the NCAA that any signee or Senior players to automatically released without penalty from their respective schools.

    Just wait for it.

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    TOLD YA SO – ALL BUT OFFICIAL….

    CALLOWAY CLOWNEY KOUJO CROWELL ROLL TIDERS

    JENKINS PAGAN = GA BULLDOGS

  6. 8
    Crimsonite

    Obsessed? Call it what you want. We are reporting the news relative to the States two largest institutions and back to back National Champions. Of course the readers here are interested in the latest info or gossip about the Lee County Skanks. If for no other reason than because Troy and Jax St don’t play in our division of the SEC. Bwaa Haww Haww! But ‘WE’ are not posting on a Skank web site 10 to 15 times a day! We are interested in reading about and commenting on among ourselves what our reporters have to say about Skank football. ‘WE’ are not carrying the flag to ‘YOUR’ world. Dumbasses! But by all means, stay here. Your hits finance CR’s happy hours at Chili’s and give us the opportunity to rag some Skank arse. RTR!

  7. 9
    Crimsonite

    Oh and by the way, here are the latest recruiting services rankings less Scout.com whose rankings are bogus. ESPN/Scout.inc – Bama #3 with 21 commitments. Awbie #8 with 22 commitments. Rivals – Bama #1 with 21 commitments Awbie #6 with 23 commitments. In reality the gap is widening since Awbie has only gained a couple of spots while commiting 4 more recruits than Bama has during the past week. read it and weep Barnfarts. RTR!

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    BamaBrando

    I have been saying the same thing. Notice at how quick all the Auburn homers turn their heads at this. It is a real issue for next season, and they think the surprises just keep on coming. With a veteran team last season, they squeaked by close to half of their games. Had to rally and come from behind an awful lot. Cam’s knack for leading his team back in the fourth quarter was what Auburn lived on for the most part. And the hopes that Farley would cheap shot a QB out of the game or something. But all those veterans are gone, and Auburn fans think Malzahn can just work wonders, even with a totally inexperienced team. After all, god is on their side, and Chiznik doesn’t cuss.

  9. 11
    ITK

    Crimsonite, for what it’s worth, Troy returns 14 starters, including 8 on defense. Twice as many as Abarn.

    In a weird way, 2010 may be the best thing that’s happened to Bama football in decades, because AU’s success* led them to believe they have something down there. Now they are stuck with a 4-5 loss per year coaching staff, much like LSU is stuck with Miles. — I love it.

    Brando, something tells me God’s name is gonna be used ALOT on the Auburn sidelines next season, and beyond.

  10. 12
    WDEinTTown

    Those of you waiting on the FBI’s Cam Newton division to burn Auburn’s campus down to the ground, hold your breath…please.

  11. 13
    BamaBrando

    We won’t have to wait on NCAA investigation results, but you do. We are talking about who has what coming back next season, and your team isn’t bringing much, and compared to what Bama is bringing back, your in-state success is in danger of being very short-lived. Once the losing starts, you guys will turn on each other, and likely have to suffer through this season watching Bama steal your thunder from this past season.

  12. 14
    AUTiger47

    I love how you guys think Auburn fans are going to go ballistic if we loose some games next year, when actually AU fan that I have talked to expects it. We won’t “turn on each other”… That’s a bama thing.

    I think it’s comical that all of a sudden Scout’s rankings are bogus. Lol!!! Didn’t you argue last year that AU’s higher ranked class by rivals didn’t mean anything because 2/3 of the most respected recruiting services had bama higher? Before tomorrow, would someone please tell me which recruiting rankings we should pay attention to? Lol!!!!

  13. 15
    ITK

    “Some games?”

    47, you’re looking at a solid 4-8 next year as the NCAA cloud rolls into Lee County, casting doubt over your next decade.

    Sucks to be you.

  14. 16
    Mike Reaves

    ITK and his merry men wimps, just wishing and hoping that Auburn doesn’t win many games this year. We all know what Auburn can do with less talent. ALL WE DO IS BEAT BAMA!I FOUND OUT SOMETHING NEW TODAY, ITK YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW THIS, BUT I DID NOT KNOW THAT THE TERM CRIMSON TIDE WAS TAKEN FROM A WOMAN’S MONTHLY MENSTURAL CYCLE!

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    Mike Reaves

    ITK, what happen to McElroy ,yall had him pumped up to be the next Joe Namath, but turned out to be a dud like you!

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    Crimsonite

    The past several years all 3 recruiting services have been very close to the same, and we dissed Rivals last year because they were the only one that you managed to jump us in after the 5* whats his name switched to California like 2 days before signing to be with his big brother. This year is a completely different scenario. Scout.com is so completely out of line with all the other services that it is absurd. It’s like they are rating athletes from a different planet. With everybody else on the same page you have to throw out the odd man. I didn’t tell the phuckers to rate like they were stoned on bad Acid. RTR!

  17. 19
    ITK

    Reaves, what you just posted was as weak as three day old p*ss. Another pitiful offering like that on this board and you’re banned.

  18. 20
    Mike Reaves

    Crimsonite the only reason you don’t like Scout.com is because they don’t have Ala. no.1 Am i right or am i right? ITK bite me!

  19. 22
    AUTiger47

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys have an excuse/rationale for EVERYTHING!! This is why I love visiting this site. I can always depend on you guys for a good laugh. So let me get this straight:
    1. Bama has been on probation 17 of the last 20 years, is currently on probation, but somehow it doesn’t really count (insert bama rationale). However, Auburn is cleared by the NCAA twice and there are ONLY lingering allegations with no
    evidence, and they are the poster boy for
    cheating. LOL!!!!
    2. Bama’s recruiting classes are highly ranked by
    rivals but not as high by espn, so we are all told
    rivals is the ranking to pay attention to. Yet, when Auburn’s class is ranked higher last year, all of a sudden we have to look at the other recruiting services. But the rules apparently change again this year, because it seems as though Scout has just this year stopped being a valid indicator of class strength. Nevermind the fact that it us coincidentally the service that has AU’s class ranked above bama.
    3. How about bama claiming multiple retroactive national championships (fact). Apparently, when bama decides to claim a past NC that was not awarded at the time (including when they did not even when the sec), it’s justified. However, when there was talk that Auburn might be retrospectively awarded the 2004 NC, bama fans proclaimed it was ridiculous. I still haven’t heard there rationale on that one.
    4. My absolute favorite: bama fans like to argue that Auburn’s dominance of bama the last decade doesn’t really count because bama was down. Of course it shouldn’t count, according to them, because bama was weak due to NCAA sanctions (for cheating – see previous point) and they had a bad coaching situation. Ok, by that logic, the bama win in 2008 is also meaningless right? After all, Auburn was mired in turmoil and fired their OC in the middle of the season. No, no, no… That was a display of dominance according to bama fans. What about last year when Auburn had 75 scholarship players and was breaking in an entire new staff? Shouldn’t that year not count as well, given bama logic? Apparently not. LOL!

    So, before tomorrow is here, please let me know ahead of time what recruiting service to pay attention to.

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    roberson calloway back to back flips – is the pending ny times article scaring the commits away

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    GREATEST CFB IN HISTORY ROLL TIDE

    every aubie croot should wait until next week after the ny times articles on au scam come out

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    GREATEST CFB IN HISTORY ROLL TIDE

    U STUPID IGNORANT SLUT – BAMA CLAIMS NO RETROACTIVE TITLES – THEY WERE CELEBRATEID AT THE TIME EVERY NEWSPAPER IN THE COUNTRY DECLARED THE ROSE BOWL CHAMPION AS A NATIONAL TITLE HOLDER WITH THE NON-BOWL EAST TEAMS IN THE MIX AS WELL…..

    AUBIES AND NATIONAL TITLE TALK DOES NOT JIVE NOT UR STRENGTH

    AU 1 NATIONAL TITLE 1913
    57 – THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
    10 – TCU HORNED FROGS

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    Aubfan334

    I read somewhere why there was such a huge diff. in the sites rankings. Rivals ranks the top 20 commits. Scout averages the entire class. Espn is a little more tricky as they also factor in team needs. So reading between the lines Bama’s top 20 is a touch better then Auburn’s, But Auburn’s class is a touch better top to bottom. Bama has done a better job addressing needs so far. Thats why while auburn added 4 commits they only moved up a few points on rivals. One of the latest commits replaced a player in Auburns top 20 on rivals. Im sure this will attract garbage responses from several bammers here but this is my attempt at having a football conversation since thats what some of them claim this is what they want. We shall see.

  24. 29
    ITK

    47…

    “Auburn is cleared by the NCAA twice and there are ONLY lingering allegations with no
    evidence…”

    Getting a temporary stay on Cam’s immediate eligibility from the NCAA’s committee on eligibility based on what was publicly admissible THEN is NOT clearance from the infractions committee, you idiot.

    You’re like a child playing on the beach as a tsunami approaches.

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    ITK

    Bottom line, 334, there’s an extremely good possibility that Alabama hauls in the #1 rated class in the land for the third year in the last four (according to most services).

    THAT SAID…recruiting services in my humble opinion are a bunch of garbage. The best players are easy to spot, but then there are a ton of good ones that are hard to judge.

    Javier Arenas wasn’t on anybody’s radar coming out of high school in Tampa, and I still think he was Bama’s MVP from their last National Championship.

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    Aubfan334

    I agree with the “recruiting services in my humble opinion are a bunch of garbage.” due to the fact 99% of the guys rating the High School players never played a down of football period.They are nerds that sit behind a desk all day and pretend to be able tell the future. Its all about bragging rights and people on both sides enjoy doing it. I wish someone would go back and rate classes from 3 or 4 years ago and lets see how they work out then.

    I disagree with the “Javier Arenas MVP”…I still say it should be Cody.

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    24 points leads aren't what they use to be

    Ahhhhh back to way it was in 2007 Auburn on top and Alabama fans with nothing but recruiting to keep them happy. God I love being an Auburn fan.

  28. 35
    Hoopie

    So …Auburn only has 7 returning starters and will probably lose 3 games. I’ll take it.

    Bama had 12 returning starters in 2010 and lost 3 games.

    Why is this even an post?

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    and a 10 yr probation to look forward to
    but for au skank 15 minutes of shame is worth 100 yrs of shame

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    lmao – 2007 before the Bear – Saban in his 2nd season to his 2nd to last season was 19 -4-0 vs the barngoats…..when Bear came in 07 – goats said oh sheet here we go again we better get payola iii rolling again which they did and they were right 36-0 26-21 Pure National Championship…Top recruiting and boom

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    GREATEST CFB IN HISTORY ROLL TIDE

    LMAO – CALLOWAY’S DAD WILL NOT LET BRENT GO TO SCHOOL TIL HE SIGNS WITH BAMA — WILL NOT LET HIS SON NEAR THE TRASHY EVIL SKANK AT AU AND GETTING NO MONEY – THE NEWTON CALLOWAY DIFFERENCE

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    Auburn Fundraiser: Football Like “NFL Franchise” Sports by Brooks January 31, 2011 1 day ago
    FDIC Seeks To Appeal Judge’s Colonial BancGroup Ruling Joseph Checkler January 25, 2011 6 days ago
    Column: The Cam Newton affair still stinks Gene Wojciechowski January 21, 2011 11 days ago
    NCAA enforcement coming under more scrutiny Steve Wieberg January 16, 2011 14 days ago
    Lobbyist goes to prison next week Markeshia Ricks January 15, 2011 17 days ago
    Newton skipping final year at Auburn to enter NFL draft Erick Smith January 13, 2011 18 days ago
    Cam Newton’s dad’s curious BCS appearance Christine Brennan January 13, 2011 19 days ago
    Will Auburn’s B.C.S. Title Stick? Pete Thamel January 11, 2011 21 days ago
    Cecil Newton’s church subject of NCAA questions Thayer Evans January 8, 2011 18 days ago
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    NCAA: Statement on fairness of rules decisions NCAA.org December 29, 2010 18 days ago
    Found: Auburn Athletics, FBI Wiretap Case Link Sports by Brooks December 17, 2010 20 days ago
    NCAA: Ruling on Cam Newton’s eligibility NCAA.org December 1, 2010 18 days ago
    State of Mississippi probing Newton case Chris Low November 30, 2010 20 days ago
    Possible FBI involvement would give NCAA probes a push Thomas O’Toole November 24, 2010 4 days ago
    Bell: Texts set Cam Newton payments Mark Schlabach November 18, 2010 20 days ago
    What if a Booster Ran an SEC School’s Budget? Sports by Brooks November 17, 2010 20 days ago
    Sources: Newtons talked of pay plan Joe Schad November 11, 2010 20 days ago
    Story of Auburn’s Cam Newton takes on life of its own Michael Rosenberg November 10, 2010 19 days ago
    Mounting allegations making it very hard to defend Newton Stewart Mandel November 10, 2010 19 days ago
    Jody Wright interviewed by NCAA Chase Goodbread November 6, 2010 15 days ago
    Cash sought for Cam Newton Pat Forde November 5, 2010 20 days ago
    Hubbard spins a tangled web Paul Davis October 28, 2010 19 days ago
    Lobbyists tied to Universities Paul Davis October 21, 2010 18 days ago
    Lowder story in Fortune worth reading Paul Davis September 21, 2009 21 days ago
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    How mighty Lowder has fallen Paul Davis June 11, 2009 19 days ago
    Column: Auburn University, sold to the highest bidder Paul Davis November 3, 2008 9 days ago
    Auburn signee (Fairley) has seven grade changes AP June 6, 2007 12 days ago
    Audit Reveals More Academic Questions at Auburn Pete Thamel December 10, 2006 13 days ago
    Auburn clears athletic officials of grade wrongdoing AP August 10, 2006 13 days ago
    Top Grades and No Class Time for Auburn Players Pete Thamel July 14, 2006 16 days ago
    A Tiger of a trustee Mike Fish January 13, 2006 18 days ago
    Auburn Trustee Boosts Everyone, Including the Chaplain Selena Roberts January 3, 2005 18 days ago
    Lowder at center of controvery AP October 28, 1998 17 days ago
    Dye Admits Auburn Broke NCAA Rules AP November 4, 1992 17 days ago
    Ramsey Says Tapes Will Implicate Dye Mike Dame November 14, 1991 14 days ago
    Auburngate Has Changed Their Lives Mark Asher November 3, 1991 17 days ago

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    WDEinTTown

    4-8? Please bet me money on this. I’ll bet you $500 that Auburn wins more than four games. I’m serious. Let’s trade information, get a witness and everything.

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    i can’t see au winning 3 = utah state should blow thems out – au sucks as usual – back to dead last in sec see 09 and more

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    fla president rant means one thing bama for the foreseeable future is miles ahead of fla

  36. 47
    Dozier34

    Once again I’m able to come to this website to get a good laugh. In all of your articles stating that AU will soon find themselves on probation I have yet to see one shred of actual proof that the NCAA or anyone for that matter has anythg on AU except rumors. I do have to give you credit though ITK, you have taken full advantage of the fact that fans don’t need proof to bash their rivals and will blindly follow anyone who wants to take shots at the team they despise. Bravo. And, I will be the 1st to come here and congratulate you if AU is proved to have done something wrong bc/ if that does hAppen we all know that you have been withholding that proof until the day AU is punished bc you felt it was the right thing to do. We all know you have the goods an AU. It would be silly to think otherwise. It would also be silly to think that your hatred for everything AU has In some way hindered your ability to think rationally about this subject. While it could certainly be true that cam knew(And Iwouldn’t be completely surprised if he did) about his father actions, it’s going to be extremely hard for the NCAA to prove it unless one of the two decides to come forward and say they knew. And I would take a shot at greatest cfb in history roll tide poster for being a fool, but he does a good enough job of that on his own.

  37. 48
    BamaBrando

    Hey Dozier, what does that have to do with Auburn losing 18 starters? How many more top recruiting classes will Auburn have to get before they match Bama’s? Who cares if Auburn gets put on probation? That is for you to worry about, not me. I could care less. I can’t wait for the Iron Bowl rematch this year. Quit trolling Bama sites unless you want to talk some football, because you act like what Bama fans say about Auburn bothers you if you feel the need to come here and beat your chest.

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