ATLANTA – Its season started using a 31-24 win over Louisville in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome as the SEC favorite.

“When Johnson rumbled to the end zone on Auburn’s first possession, he given credence to the Newton comparisons that have been used rampantly this off-season. Possibly the Tigers’ new starting quarterback, whose 6’5”, 240-pound frame mirrors that of the former Heisman winner, could also lead the plan to the promised land.

Auburn supporters should be cautiously optimistic about Johnson’s possible this season.

That’s why many anticipated a major improvement in Auburn’s defense under Muschamp, and on Saturday that unit looked considerably better than it did 2014.

Auburn’s front seven set up camp in Louisville’s backfield, compiling four sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Auburn’s role as a potential playoff team might come right down to its defense, and for a minumum of one match, that group seemed well coached under Muschamp.

An offensive line breaking in three new starters struggled against Auburn’s defense.

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