The 2018 season is just around the corner.

Practices will begin within the next month, and the unofficial kickoff of the season at SEC Media Days is a little over a week away. Preseason magazines are on bookshelves across the country, but no preseason production is as in-depth and flooded with numbers and projections than Phil Steele’s 2018 College Football Preview.

The Tigers are high on the list of several projections in Steele’s annual magazine. Auburn is coming off a second appearance in the SEC Championship under head coach Gus Malzahn and a second straight trip to a New Year’s Six Bowl. Malzahn’s bunch knocked off eventual College Football Playoff national championship game teams Alabama and Georgia during the regular season, which led to a monster new contract for Malzahn heading into his sixth season as the Tigers’ head coach: seven years, $49 million.

What’s next for Auburn? Well, a handful of starters return on offense, including All-SEC quarterback Jarrett Stidham, and the Tigers’ defense will be led an incredible nine of 10 players returning in the two-deep along the defensive line.

So, what does Steele think of the Tigers heading into the season?

Let’s take a look at his position rankings for the Tigers, his projected stats for the offense and defense and where he sees the Tigers finishing the upcoming season in the polls.