No. 22 Auburn opens to mixed reviews

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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