Many Tigers fans were ticked off when Chizik (left), who was 5--19 at Iowa State, was hired. After a three-win improvement in 2009, those fans are smiling now.
Coach on the hot seat
He may have won a national title, but an 8--8 record in SEC play the past two seasons plus mismanaging the clock at Ole Miss last year has ended his grace period.
PLAYERS TO WATCH (Top performers from unranked teams)
LB, Auburn, Sr.
The 6' 2", 239-pound quarterback of the defense is the hard-to-find middle linebacker who rarely comes off the field. Last year he led the team in tackles (104).