Brace yourself, Alabama fans. Former Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy, who also happened to win a national championship in Tuscaloosa, has tabbed the Auburn Tigers as the SEC team to beat in 2014.
McElroy was recently hired as a college football analyst for the new SEC Network. Despite the fact that the network won’t launch until August, he is already making media rounds and giving out his predictions.
The former Tide quarterback joined WJOX-FM on Monday to discuss the upcoming season, where he offered up very high praise for Auburn Tigers coach Gus Malzahn (via AL.com).
“I think he’s the most innovative play-caller in college football. I think he’s a tremendous football coach and he’s had a lot of success over the course of his career and what they did last year was really special, so I think they are the frontrunners without question at this point.”
Considering Auburn knocked off the locomotive train that was Alabama this past season, his analysis probably hits Tide fans a little deeper. With that being said, you have to respect a man who won’t let his Crimson blood get in the way of providing his honest opinion. That’s often the difference between an analyst’s success and failure.
But McElroy isn’t ruling out his Tide from the race just yet. As he sees it, the SEC will be a dog fight this year.
“Once quarterback situations are established at LSU, at Alabama — and Ole Miss is also kind of a scary team out in the West as well,” McElroy said. “Bo Wallace comes back and some of the things they were able to do. The West is wide open and it’s difficult, but I definitely think the Auburn Tigers are the favorite.”