No. 22 Auburn opens to mixed reviews

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers have somewhat higher
expectations going into this season.

And that's the way coach Gene Chizik likes it.

The Tigers enter this season with a No. 22 ranking and are
predicted to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Western
Division by league media. One national commentator even picked
Auburn to win the West over preseason No. 1 Alabama.

Chizik says he thinks high expectations are healthy. However, the Tigers have newcomers all over the depth chart who figure to play and three starters with a combined two career starts among them. Four walk-ons also are listed on the depth chart.

Perhaps the best news for the Tigers is that safeties Zac
Etheridge and Aairon Savage have returned from serious injuries to
reclaim their starting jobs.

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