first_img The Tigers had a disappointing 2018 season, one that nearly resulted in the ousting of Malzahn, according to reports. If the same happens in 2019, he’ll likely be done, says Finebaum.Finebaum said on ESPN’s Get Up! this week that he thinks Malzahn will “likely be gone” without a “significant season.”Auburn does have talent, though.“I happen to think top to bottom as a football team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball — and also offensively with some of the weapons they have got coming back, which is virtually everybody, this may be the best top-to-bottom team Gus Malzahn has had,” ESPN’s Tom Luginbill said, per AL.com.Finebaum isn’t quite as high on the Tigers, however.“(Luginbill) is looking at it analytically,” Finebaum added. “He’s as good as anyone there is, but the problem is psychological. (Auburn) is a slight favorite against Oregon, but you have a brand-new quarterback. Oregon has an experienced quarterback. If Oregon gets on the roll and beats them, the pressure becomes intense.“Gus Malzahn was nearly fired last season with 35 million in buyout money hanging in the balance. For as talented as they may be, if they don’t gel well, he’s not going to have an answer for the schedule.”Auburn will get a chance to make a statement right away.The Tigers begin the year on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. against Oregon. ESPN’s College GameDay will be there for that one. An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season featured a bunch of major head coaching changes, with Urban Meyer leaving Ohio State and Mark Richt leaving Miami, among others. The 2019 college football season will surely feature some, too.Which major college football coaches are most at-risk of being fired in 2019?ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum named one this week.Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.last_img