Let me save you the trouble of calling TMG “corrections and retractions” to complain we have mistakenly touted Rankman’s preseason No.1 pick for 2017.

This is not a misprint, it’s a double down.

Auburn at No. 1 this year, in fact, makes more sense this year than last, when I wandered out on a lonely limb and was nearly, if not richly, rewarded.

The Tigers fell short of my prediction, but not before winning the SEC West and defeating both schools—Alabama and Georgia–that played for the national title.

Yeah, Auburn botched the ending by losing to Central Florida in the Peach Bowl, but anyone who has studied history knows SEC schools can’t get motivated against lesser opponents once they’ve been denied the big prize.

This was Alabama’s excuse, remember, for losing to Utah in the Sugar Bowl after the 2008 season.

Who-tah?

How was the Crimson Tide supposed to care about Utah after losing the SEC title game to Tim Tebow’s Florida?

Alabama somehow shook off the Utah loss to win the 2009 national title…and four titles since. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.