Saturday, the Hugh Freeze era began on the Plains in Auburn with a dominating 59-14 win over the University of Massachusetts Minutemen.

The win has since boosted optimism among some Auburn faithful about the prospects for the 2023 football season.

Even before Saturday's win, however, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth had predicted his alma mater would have a successful 2023 campaign.

During an appearance on Huntsville radio WVNN's "The Dale Jackson Show," Ainsworth said Auburn could have a "big upset" against in-state rival Alabama on November 25.

"I think Auburn's going to have a good year," he said. "I think we will potentially get eight wins, potentially have a big upset against Alabama, and I think it is going to be a good year, and [Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze]'s going to surprise a lot of people. I think our quarterback is going to be good. I think [Freeze] is known for obviously his offense and also training quarterbacks. And I think we're going to have a very good offense, good running backs, good line. And on the defensive side, I think we'll be strong. So, I think we'll surprise some people this year."

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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