The Auburn Tigers were in prime position to defeat LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium over the weekend, but a scoreless fourth quarter ultimately gave them their first loss of the season.
Although losing to LSU at home isn't ideal, Gus Malzahn's crew already has an important victory over Washington to rely upon. While they still have potential to wreak havoc in the SEC, Auburn's opponents late in the season won't be pushovers.
With an early matchup against Mississippi State on Oct. 6 and road games on the calendar against Georgia and Alabama, the Tigers will certainly have their work cut out for them. In fact, ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes Auburn is looking at more losses in their future.
"And Auburn is good. I think that’s why the voters kept them (Auburn) in the top 10, but the road ahead is very difficult. I certainly don’t see them beating Georgia or Alabama. I think Mississippi State is to be determined."
If Finebaum's predictions come true, then Auburn will have a minimum of three losses on the season. Not only will that derail their hopes of making the College Football Playoff, but it would also hurt them in the SEC West standings.
Before the Tigers battle against the No. 14 Bulldogs on the road, they'll have favorable matchups with Arkansas and Southern Miss.