The Wiz's 2010 look at official team poster schedules kicks off with the Auburn Tigers. Gene Chizik enters his second season as coach and the schedule is favorable with eight home games. Auburn plays host to Arkansas State, Clemson, Louisiana Monroe and Chattanooga in nonconference play, and the Iron Bowl against Alabama is Nov. 26 at Tuscaloosa. Thanks to Tyler for sending the poster!
As a run up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site displayed a record 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will be able to vote on the poster of the year. Until then, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at) gmail.com.
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The first stop on Greg's trip was Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where Northwestern and Auburn went at it in the Outback Bowl. Despite the wet conditions, young and old alike were entertained by this game, won by the Tigers, 38-35, in overtime. You can view Greg's gallery by clicking here.
One year later, Charles Barkley believes Auburn made the wrong choice in hiring Gene Chizik over Turner Gill.
"Turner would've been the right hire. I still think he would've been the better hire," Barkley told Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham News.
Although Chizik guided the Tigers to a 7-5 season, the center of Barkley's argument comes down to name recognition.
"Look at the other coaches in the SEC," he said. "Nick Saban. Urban Meyer. Les Miles. Steve Spurrier. Houston Nutt. Mark Richt. Those names pop in your mind before Gene Chizik.
"Let’s not kid ourselves. As far as name recognition, Auburn is at a decided disadvantage. Not just in the state. In the SEC."
With Alabama headed to the Bowl Championship Series title game, Barkley said his "worst nightmare is coming true. I'm definitely concerned about Alabama going on a huge roll. I have great respect for Nick Saban. He's won everywhere he's been."
Update: Barkley appeared Tuesday morning on WJOX in Birmingham to clarify his side of the story, basically that "if the article insinuates in any way that I don't think Chizik did a good job, it's B.S." Listen to it by clicking here.
Mike Hlas is an award-winning columnist with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and force behind The Hlog. Each week, he will break down the worst matchups in college football. Considering the increasing number of uncompetitive and uninteresting games, Mike's task is harder than getting Levi Johnston, Jon and Kate Gosselin, and anyone named Kardashian to just go away.
Here's how it is done in most major football conferences:
You play your nonconference games against designated victims in September, then you play your conference games after that. It's only logical. You wouldn't open a rock festival with U2, then bring out a bar band three-fourths of the way through the event.
The Southeastern Conference does things a little differently. Sure, the league has the marquee game of the week in Louisiana State at Alabama. But look at what else the conference is trotting out on the 10th Saturday of the season:
Tennessee Tech at Georgia
Furman at Auburn
Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky
Northern Arizona at Mississippi
That's right. Four — count 'em, four — games between SEC teams and Division I-AA teams. In November. That's just wrong. So each gets one quarter of this week’s Game of the Weak.