After going just 3-9 SU and 4-8 ATS in 2012, the Auburn Tigers bounced back with a sensational season in 2013 going 12-2 SU and ATS in 14 games.
The Tigers will try to repeat 2013's success going off at 9/1 to win the FBS Championship this season.
Gus Malzahn's offense worked wonders for the Auburn Tigers, transforming one of the SEC's bottom-feeders the previous year into one of the conference's elite teams overnight.
Auburn found itself as the betting underdog six times in 2013, going 6-0 ATS in those games with four outright upsets including two outright upsets as a double-digit underdog at Texas A&M and at home against Alabama.
Auburn shouldn't find itself as a double-digit underdog at any point in 2014. While most of the conference's top teams are tasked with breaking in a new quarterback this season, Nick Marshall returns for Gus Malzahn coming off a season in which he passed for 1,976 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Marshall is going off at 16/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy this season and should put up even better numbers in his second year in Malzahn's system.
The Tigers are going off at 6/1 to win the SEC, and the schedule shapes up nicely for the team over the first half of the season with challenging games against LSU and South Carolina both coming at home.
But the second half will show what Auburn is made of with road games against Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama lined up in the month of November.
Auburn is perhaps the most interesting of the top contenders coming into the 2014 season. Some bettors may write off last season as a fluke with wild finishes over Georgia and Alabama propelling the Tigers into the National Championship Game.
Others could argue that those wins just prove that Auburn knows how to win, and that the team could be even better this year in its second year under Malzahn.
Time will tell what 2014 holds for the Tigers, but if last year is any indication, they'll be comfortable in the underdog role if they find themselves in it.