Alabama Football: Danny Sheridan knows more than the Auburn bagman

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers talks with the officials during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers talks with the officials during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Alabama football fans know Danny Sheridan well.  The national football oddsmaker and longtime Mobile, AL resident knows football well, particularly SEC football.

Danny Sheridan makes his living setting odds on football games. He has done it for decades and his contacts inside football are extensive. Alabama football fans also remember the outspoken Sheridan claimed to know the Auburn bagman in the Cam Newton alleged payoff saga. For the record, Sheridan is a 1979 graduate of the University of Alabama.

Sheridan’s abrasive candor rubs some fans the wrong way. Danny shows no discrimination when throwing verbal darts at the failings of college football coaches. A few months ago, Sheridan stirred up a backlash from Auburn fans by predicting the Tigers would lose three or four games in 2017.

Sheridan predicts Gus Malzahn firing

Sheridan also said if those Auburn losses transpire and one of them is against Alabama football, Gus Malzahn would be fired. Tigers’ faithful scoffed at the time. Gus was turning the offense over to a new points-producing wizard and incoming QB, Jarrett Stidham was going to win the Heisman. All was well on the Plains.

After the Clemson game, Sheridan voiced his prediction has not changed. Reported by al.com, Sheridan said,

"“I would say he (Gus) would be fired at the end of the year if he loses three or four games and doesn’t beat Alabama … Auburn’s offense has been like it’s been for the last three years … Offensively, unless they have a Cam Newton or Nick Marshall, they seem to have a problem. The only thing I think they do well is run the football.”"

Now many Auburn fans are agreeing with Sheridan. Gus Malzahn is widely viewed as Auburn football’s biggest weakness and that can be a problem for Alabama football.

Having Gus as the Auburn head man is a plus for Alabama football. Regardless how Auburn it does, within or outside NCAA rules, the Tigers attract considerable football talent. A better coach than Gus could become a serious threat to Alabama football.

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There is a traditional argument suggesting Tennessee being good is good for college football. The Vols are the second most successful football program in SEC history. Agreeing with that argument is only a short step from saying the same about Auburn. Maybe it is true for both. We can agree with our head but our heart wants them both to lose every game.