We’ve almost reached the college football regular season and it’s time to make our final predictions for the 2022 season.
Our projections for the offensive and defensive depth charts have been released and now it’s time to predict how the season will unfold.
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The Tigers are scheduled to open the season Sept. 3 against Mercer at Jordan-Hare Stadium and will play five straight home games. This presents a golden opportunity for Bryan Harin and the rest of the coaching staff to answer any lingering questions from fall camp.
The most important of these is who will be the starting quarterback and although TJ Finley has edged out Robby Ashford and Zach Calzada, no official announcement has yet been made.
The Tigers will have games against Mercer and San Jose State to see what the offense looks like under Finley and the other candidates before their first Week 3 Test when Penn State comes to Jordan Hare.
Here are our game-by-game predictions for how the 2022 season will pan out for Auburn.
September 3: vs. Mercer Bears
Prediction: Auburn 45, Mercer 10
General assessment: 1-0
Auburn is too talented for Mercer and should start the season with a blowout victory. Expect Finley and Ashford to see the pitch.
September 10: vs. San Jose State Spartans
Prediction: Auburn 40, San Jose State 13
General assessment: 2-0
Auburn will once again be too talented for their opponent and take the win ahead of their big Week 3 game.
September 17: vs. Penn State Nittany Lions
Prediction: Penn State 24, Auburn 17
General assessment: 2-1
Auburn will fail in its first test of the season against the Nittany Lions. The Tigers defense will keep Auburn in the game, but the offense won’t be able to generate the explosive plays needed to pull off the win.
September 24: vs. Missouri Tigers
Prediction: Auburn 35, Missouri 20
General assessment: 3-1
Auburn’s offense will get things going and the defense will keep Missouri in check to bounce back from their first loss of the season.
October 1: vs. LSU Tigers
Prediction: Auburn 30, LSU 17
General assessment: 4-1
Auburn will take advantage of Bryan Kelly in his freshman year at LSU to earn their second straight win over the Bayou Bengals.
October 8: at the Georgia Bulldogs (the oldest rivalry in the Deep South)
Prediction: Georgia 35, Auburn 10
General assessment: 4-2
Georgia may be replacing a ton of talented and proven players, but their program is currently operating at a different level than Auburn and the Tigers will lose their sixth in a row to the Bulldogs.
October 15: at Ole Miss Rebels
Prediction: Ole Miss 30, Auburn 20
General assessment: 4-3
Ole Miss’ offense will be too much for Auburn’s defense at Oxford as the offense is unable to keep up.
October 29: vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
Prediction: Arkansas 27, Auburn 21
General assessment: 4-4
Arkansas aren’t the most talented team, but they’re well trained and not someone you want to play when you’re reeling from back-to-back losses. The Razorbacks will capitalize and snap Auburn’s six-game winning streak against them.
November 5: at the Mississippi State Bulldogs
Prediction: Mississippi State 32, Auburn 24
General assessment: 4-5
Auburn will not be able to avenge its collapse last season and the cowbells will ring all night.
Nov. 12: vs. Texas A&M Aggies
Prediction: Auburn 24, Texas A&M 17
General assessment: 5-5
Auburn wins a defensive battle against the Aggies at Jordan-Hare to snap a four-game losing streak and try to salvage the season.
Nov. 19: vs. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Prediction: Auburn 42, Western Kentucky 28
General assessment: 6-5
Auburn gets a win over the Hilltoppers but they make it interesting because of their offense.
November 26: at Alabama Crimson Tide (Iron Bowl)
Prediction: Alabama 42, Auburn 20
General assessment: 6-6
Auburn hasn’t fared well in Tuscaloosa the past few years and this year will be no different, expect the Crimson Tide to be in control early.
Projected record: 6-6
Conference report: 3-5
Will that be enough for Harsin to save his job? Only time will tell, but a few more wins would surely make it more comfortable.