Sports book gambling skepticism was heavy entering the 2009 season as first year coach Gene Chizik arrived on the scene after compiling a poor on line sports gambling record at Iowa State. Auburn went on to bolt out of the gate with a record of 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread before finishing with an overall sports book gambling record of 8-5 straight up and 6-7 against the spread.
The Tigers capped off their season with a New Year’s Day bowl win over Northwestern. What many gamblers remember best, however, was how Auburn nearly beat eventual National Champion Alabama before losing in the final seconds 21-26 as 10-point dogs.
The big question for gambling sports handicappers entering 2010 spring camp is whether Chizik can build upon last year’s unexpected success and take Auburn to the next level in the brutally tough Southeastern Conference.
Chizik certainly got off to a great start for the 2010 sports book gambling season as he hauled in a recruiting class that was ranked 4th best in the country.
Chizik will lead a program that is now made in his image but with the added sports book gambling advantage of having 24 seniors on the roster. Auburn, it seems, has everything needed for that next step up.
Chizik is playing it close to the vest, however, when asked about the sports book gambling prospects for Auburn in 2010.
“Everybody knows what the expectations are and what we’re trying to do,” said Chizik. “Now, it’s trying to make our football team a more consistent football team all the way around.”
One area that will definitely need improvement is defense, where the Tigers finished a poor 11th in the SEC. Chizik also wants to see marked improvement in the running game for the 2010 sports book gambling season.
“There were games in there where we didn’t run the ball very well. There were some games we ran it great,” said Chizik. “We’ve got to get better.”