The Tigers’ head coach could be on his way out by the end of the season.
Auburn enters the 2017 season with high expectations.
The Tigers had a sub-par 2016, but bring in former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who should revitalize the passing game, and some think Gus Malzahn’s team could challenge Alabama atop the SEC.
Fox Sports has Malzahn on the hot seat, though, and believes Auburn’s schedule could “doom” him.
Malzahn entered last season squarely on the hot seat, but seemingly coached himself off of it with six straight wins. Then the Tigers lost three of their final four games (including to rivals Georgia and Alabama), and Malzahn is in the exact same spot entering 2017. This time with a tougher schedule.
It starts two weeks in, when the Tigers travel to Clemson to face the reigning national champions, and it gets downright brutal mid-season, with three straight SEC road games (at LSU, at Arkansas and at Texas A&M). Even after a return home, things stay tough with matchups against Georgia and Alabama on the Plains.
The Tigers have the talent to beat anyone (except Alabama) that they’ll play in 2017. They also have a schedule that could cost Malzahn his job.
Is Malzahn coaching for his job this fall? If he is, how many wins do the Tigers need?
Fox Sports named four other coaches on the hot seat entering the season, which can be viewed here.