Quick now. No Google Search allowed: Who won the SEC West last year?

If you said, “Alabama,’’ go back to your device. It was Auburn, which beat the Crimson Tide 26-14 in the Iron Bowl two weeks after throttling Georgia 40-17. The Plains Tigers lost their rematch with the Dawgs 28-7 in the SEC title game, then got beat by undefeated UCF 34-27 in the Peach Bowl.

That’s a lot of tough games in a very short span. And it took a toll on Gus Malzahn’s banged-up team.

Auburn will need to brace for an even more challenging finish this fall. The Tigers travel to Georgia and Alabama for two of their final three games. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.