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Auburn Tigers football
2013 Auburn Tigers football team
First season1892
Athletic directorJay Jacobs
Head coachGus Malzahn
Other staffRhett Lashlee, OC
Ellis Johnson, DC
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
FieldPat Dye Field
Year built1939
Stadium capacity87,451
Stadium surfaceNatural Grass
LocationAuburn, Alabama
LeagueNCAA Division I (FBS)
DivisionSEC Western Division
Past conferencesIndependent (1892-1894)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1895-1920)
Southern Conference (1921-1932)
All-time record717–415–47 (.628)
Postseason bowl record22–13–2
Claimed national titles2 (1957, 2010)
Unclaimed national titles11 (1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1972, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1994, 2004)
Conference titles11 (3 SIAA, 1 Southern, 7 SEC)
Division titles7 (4 West Championships; 3 West Co-Championships)
Heisman winners3 (Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, and Cam Newton)
Consensus All-Americans66

Navy Blue and Burnt Orange

Fight songWar Eagle (Fight Song)
MascotAubie the Tiger
Marching bandAuburn University Marching Band
OutfitterUnder Armour
RivalsAlabama Crimson Tide (Iron Bowl)
Georgia Bulldogs (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry)
LSU Tigers (Tiger Bowl)
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Auburn Tigers football
2013 Auburn Tigers football team
First season1892
Athletic directorJay Jacobs
Head coachGus Malzahn
Other staffRhett Lashlee, OC
Ellis Johnson, DC
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
FieldPat Dye Field
Year built1939
Stadium capacity87,451
Stadium surfaceNatural Grass
LocationAuburn, Alabama
LeagueNCAA Division I (FBS)
DivisionSEC Western Division
Past conferencesIndependent (1892-1894)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1895-1920)
Southern Conference (1921-1932)
All-time record717–415–47 (.628)
Postseason bowl record22–13–2
Claimed national titles2 (1957, 2010)
Unclaimed national titles11 (1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1972, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1994, 2004)
Conference titles11 (3 SIAA, 1 Southern, 7 SEC)
Division titles7 (4 West Championships; 3 West Co-Championships)
Heisman winners3 (Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, and Cam Newton)
Consensus All-Americans66

Navy Blue and Burnt Orange

Fight songWar Eagle (Fight Song)
MascotAubie the Tiger
Marching bandAuburn University Marching Band
OutfitterUnder Armour
RivalsAlabama Crimson Tide (Iron Bowl)
Georgia Bulldogs (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry)
LSU Tigers (Tiger Bowl)

The Auburn Tigers football team represents Auburn University in the sport of American football. The Auburn Tigers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Auburn officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892. The Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in 1932 as one of the inaugural members of the conference and the Tigers began competing in the West Division when the conference divided in 1992. Auburn officially claims 2 national championships (1957 and 2010), 7 perfect seasons, 11 conference championships, 7 divisional championships, and has made 37 bowl appearances, including 7 historically major or BCS bowl berths (Sugar, Orange, BCS Championship). The Tigers are the 13th winningest football program in FBS history with over 700 victories and have finished ranked in the Top 25 of either the AP or Coaches polls 36 times, including 17 top ten finishes (ranked 12th nationally for AP poll top ten finishes). The Tigers have produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Pat Sullivan in 1971, running back Bo Jackson in 1985, and quarterback Cam Newton in 2010. Auburn has also produced sixty-six consensus All-American players, many all-conference team selections including All-SEC player and All-SEC academic, multiple MVPs and Rhodes Scholar athletes, and other academic honors. The College Football Hall of Fame has inducted a total of 12 individuals from Auburn, including 8 student-athletes and four head coaches: John Heisman, Mike Donahue, Ralph "Shug" Jordan, and Pat Dye. Auburn's winningest head coach is Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who coached from 1951 to 1975 and led Auburn to its first national championship in 1957, winning a total of 176 games. Former head coach Gene Chizik led the Tigers to their second claimed national championship and the school's first consensus national title in 2010. Auburn's home stadium is Jordan-Hare Stadium, which opened in 1939 and becomes Alabama's fifth largest city on gamedays with a capacity of 87,451. Auburn's archrival is in-state foe Alabama. The Tigers and Crimson Tide meet annually in the Iron Bowl, one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports. The Tigers also maintain rivalries with SEC foes Georgia and LSU. The Tigers are currently led by head coach Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011 and during the 2010 national championship season. He returned as head coach on December 4, 2012, following the departure of Gene Chizik.


The organization of Auburn's first football team is credited to George Petrie, who led the 1892 Tigers to a 2-2 record. Petrie also chose burnt orange and navy blue as the official colors for Auburn athletic teams, which was inspired by his alma mater, the University of Virginia. The first game was against the University of Georgia at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Auburn won 10-0 in front of a crowd of 2,000, in a game that would establish the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry. Auburn met in-state rival Alabama for the first time ever at Lakeview Park in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1893 season, which ended with a 32-22 victory for the Tigers.


Since its beginnings in 1892, Auburn football has accumulated 2 national championships, 11 conference championships, 7 divisional championships, 7 perfect seasons, and 3 Heisman Trophy winners.

Beginnings and Early Years (1892-1903)[edit]

Auburn was led by nine different coaches over a 12-year span, including John Heisman (1895–1899), for whom the Heisman trophy is named. During five years, Heisman compiled a 12-4-2 record, before departing for Clemson in 1900. Auburn's first conference membership came in 1895, when it joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The first conference championship and undefeated season came in 1900, when the Tigers went 4-0 under coach Billy Watkins.

Mike Donahue Era (1904-1922)[edit]

In 1904, Mike Donahue became the tenth head coach of the Auburn Tigers. His first team finished with a 5-0 record, marking Auburn's second undefeated season. The 1907 season would mark the last time Auburn would play Alabama until 1948, after a 7-7 tie between the two rivals. Donahue's best season came in 1913, when Auburn claimed its second conference championship with an 8-0 record. The 1913 Tigers were also named national champions by selectors Billingsley Report, 1st-N-Goal, and James Howard. The 1914 team also won a conference championship with an 8-0-1 record. The Tigers would return to the top of the conference once again in 1919, with an 8-1 record. Auburn moved to the Southern Conference in 1921, one year before Donahue's departure from Auburn in 1922, before becoming the coach at LSU in 1923.

Searching For Success (1923-1950)[edit]

Auburn experienced a decline in success during the late 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The Tigers underwent nine different coaching changes over a 28-year period. The only conference championship during this time came in 1932, after a 9-0-1 season under coach Chet A. Wynne. In 1933, Auburn, along with 12 other institutions, left the Southern Conference to form the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Auburn's first bowl appearance came in 1936 under coach Jack Meagher after a 7-2-2 season. The Tigers traveled to Havana, Cuba to play Villanova in the Bacardi Bowl, which ended in a 7-7 tie. Auburn's first bowl win came after the 1937 season against Michigan State in the Orange Bowl. Due to the events surrounding World War II, Auburn did not field a team in 1943, but resumed competition in 1944 under Carl Voyles. During Earl Brown's tenure, Auburn met Alabama for the first time since 1907, which ended with an Alabama victory. The Tigers quickly responded in 1949, as they stunned the heavily favored Crimson Tide in a 14-13 victory. An 0-10 season in 1950 called for a change, and marked the end of a trying era for Auburn football.

Ralph "Shug" Jordan Era (1951-1975)[edit]

In 1951, Auburn hired Ralph "Shug" Jordan to become the new head coach of the Tigers. During his first season, Auburn finished with a 5-5 record. He led the Tigers to three consecutive bowl appearances in 1953, 1954, and 1955. Jordan is most recognized for his 1957 squad, which finished the season with a 10-0 record, and won Auburn's first SEC Championship. The Associated Press named the Auburn Tigers no. 1 in its postseason poll(Prior to the Bowl Games). The 1957 Auburn team was ineligible for Bowl participation due to NCAA Sanctions, having been placed on probation indefinitely by the Southeastern Conference, after having paid two high school players US$500 apiece. The 1958 team was also named national champions by Montgomery Full Season Championship poll, after a 9-0-1 season. Auburn went on to appear in bowl games in 1963 and 1965. Beginning in 1968, the Tigers enjoyed seven consecutive bowl appearances under coach Jordan. In 1971, Auburn quarterback Pat Sullivan led the Tigers to a 9-2 record, and became the school's first Heisman Trophy winner. Auburn would go on to lose the 1972 Sugar Bowl to Oklahoma, 40-22. One of Jordan's biggest victories came against Alabama in 1972, when the Tigers shocked the Crimson Tide in a 17-16 upset. The 1972 Iron Bowl became known as the "Punt Bama Punt" game, due to two blocked Alabama punts in the fourth quarter, which were both returned for Auburn touchdowns. In 1973, Auburn's Cliff-Hare Stadium was renamed Jordan-Hare Stadium, which was the first stadium in the nation to be named for an active coach. After the 1975 season, Jordan retired after a 25-year tenure at Auburn. He has remained Auburn's winningest coach, with a 176-83-7 record, and a .675 winning percentage.

Doug Barfield Era (1976-1980)[edit]

Following Jordan's retirement, Auburn hired Doug Barfield to become the new head coach. From 1976 to 1980, Barfield's Tigers compiled a 27-27-1 on-field record, with no bowl appearances. He lost all five games to rival Alabama during his tenure, and was later awarded two victories due to forfeits by Mississippi State in 1976 and 1977, making his record 29-25-1. He was dismissed from his position after a disappointing season in 1980, as the Tigers finished with a 5-6 record. Auburn then hired Pat Dye, a former assistant coach at Alabama under Coach Paul W. Bryant, and head coach at Wyoming at the time. During his first season in 1981, Auburn finished with a 5-6 record.

Pat Dye Era (1981-1992)[edit]

In 1982, Pat Dye led Auburn to a 9-3 record and its first bowl appearance in eight years. The 1982 season would also begin a streak of nine consecutive bowl game appearances. The highlight of the season came against Alabama in the Iron Bowl, when Auburn snapped the Tide's 9-game winning streak. The 1982 Iron Bowl is widely known as the "Bo Over the Top" game, for Auburn running back Bo Jackson's leap over the top of a pile from the one-yard line to secure a 23-22 victory over Alabama. This would be the final Iron Bowl for Alabama's legendary coach, Bear Bryant, who retired after the 1982 season and died on January 26, 1983.

Dye's best season came in 1983, when the Tigers went 11-1, claiming the conference championship. Auburn went on to defeat Michigan in the Sugar Bowl 9-7. Some felt that #3 Auburn should have been crowned the national champions, due to #5 Miami's upset of #1 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, and #7 Georgia's upset of #2 Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Nonetheless, Miami jumped from No. 5 to No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches polls, while Auburn remained in the No. 3 spot behind #2 Nebraska. The Tigers were named national champions by various polling organizations, such as the New York Times and Billingsley Report.

In 1985, running back Bo Jackson would become the school's second Heisman Trophy winner. Auburn would go on to win three consecutive SEC Championships in 1987, 1988, and 1989. In 1988, defensive tackle Tracy Rocker became the school's first Lombardi Award winner and also won the Outland Trophy. Pat Dye is credited for organizing the first ever Iron Bowl played in Auburn. On December 2, 1989, Bill Curry's #2 Crimson Tide (10-0) traveled to Jordan-Hare Stadium, which had surpassed the seating capacity of Legion Field, to face the #11 Auburn Tigers, who defeated the Tide 30-20. The 1989 Iron Bowl would continue a 4-game winning streak over Alabama. Since 1981, Auburn has a 17-15 edge over Alabama in Iron Bowl wins, but Pat Dye's record was 6-6 against Alabama.[1]

Dye's tenure on the plains ended when Auburn was penalized for payments by boosters and assistant coaches to a player, Eric Ramsey. Tape recordings were released that implicated a booster named "Corky" Frost, and present Troy University head coach Larry Blakeney. The controversy landed the Auburn program a spot on 60 Minutes and an eventual NCAA investigation. The investigation personally implicated Dye for rules violations. [NCAA Constitution 2.1, and Bylaws 12.1.2-(l), and] The institution violated the provisions of institutional control in that numerous improper loans were obtained by student-athletes. These loans were made to student-athletes with eligibility remaining on a deferred-payment basis based upon their potential future income as professional athletes. The director of athletics/head football coach and some of the assistant football coaching staff members were aware that student-athletes were applying for loans, but no system was in place to: (1) monitor the propriety of those loans; (2) educate the representative of the institution's athletics interests who, at least one coaching staff member knew, was reviewing the student-athletes' potential loans, or (3) educate the student-athletes who were encouraged to apply for loans when they needed money without receiving any instruction on applicable NCAA legislation. (Dye) The director of athletics/head football coach met with football student-athletes to warn the young men not to sign contracts with sports agents prior to the completion of their NCAA eligibility, and instead, he recommended that they obtain loans if they needed money. (Dye) The head coach referred at least three student-athletes to a "representative of the institution's athletics interests"(booster) at a local bank(Colonial) for the possibility of obtaining a loan. He knew it was a violation of NCAA legislation for student-athletes to obtain loans based upon their payback potential as professional athletes. The NCAA also determined that as head coach and athletic director, Dye should have known about and stopped the payments to Ramsey. The fallout from the NCAA probation against the football team pushed Dye out as athletic director in 1991 and as head coach the following year.

Over twelve seasons, Dye achieved a 99-39-4 record, making him the third winningest coach in Auburn football history, only behind Mike Donahue and Ralph "Shug" Jordan. In 2005, the playing surface of Jordan-Hare Stadium was named "Pat Dye Field" in honor of Dye's achievements and contributions he made to Auburn during his tenure.

Terry Bowden era (1993-1998)[edit]

Following the departure of Pat Dye, Auburn named Terry Bowden, son of legendary coach Bobby Bowden, head coach of the Tigers. In 1993, while serving a one-year television ban and two-year postseason bowl ban due to NCAA probation, Auburn shocked the nation by completing the season with a perfect 11-0 record. The Tigers were not eligible to play in the SEC Championship Game, nor a bowl game, but were named national champions(Along with Florida State, Notre Dame, and Nebraska) by the National Championship Foundation. The most memorable game, of the 1994 season was the "Interception Game" versus LSU. In which the Auburn defence intercepted 7 LSU passes, returning 3 for touchdowns in the 4th quarter (Ken Alvis, Fred Smith and Brian Robinson). During the first 2 seasons under Bowden, the Tigers amassed a 20-1-1 record. After serving two years of probation, Auburn made three consecutive bowl game appearances from 1995 to 1997. Bowden's 1997 team won the SEC Western Division title, and played in the SEC Championship Game, falling to Tennessee 30-29. In 1998, Bowden faced criticism for recruiting woes, off-the-field issues, and player discipline, which eventually led to his resignation after a 1-5 start on the season. Interim head coach Bill Oliver finished out the season, which ended with a 3-8 record. Bowden compiled a 47-17-1 record at Auburn after six seasons as head coach.

Tommy Tuberville Era (1999-2008)[edit]

Following the 1998 season, Ole Miss head coach Tommy Tuberville left Oxford to become the new head coach of the Auburn Tigers. In his first season, the Tigers finished with a 5-6 record, but would return to the SEC Championship Game in 2000, following a 9-0 victory over Alabama, which was played in Tuscaloosa for the first time in 99 years. The Tigers fell to Florida 28-6, but would begin a streak of eight consecutive bowl appearances. Auburn would win a share of the SEC Western Division title in 2001 and 2002. The high point of the 2002 season was Auburn's 17-7 upset victory over Alabama, which began a six-year winning streak over the Tide. Tuberville's 2004 team completed the season with a perfect 13-0 record and an SEC Championship. Auburn was left out of the BCS National Championship Game, due to its low preseason ranking and the presence of two other undefeated teams ranked higher, #1 USC (12-0) and #2 Oklahoma (12-0). The Tigers went on to defeat Virginia Tech 16-13 in the Sugar Bowl, completing Auburn's third perfect season in the modern era of college football. USC defeated Oklahoma 55-19 to win the national championship, however they were later stripped of their title due to improper recruiting practices. Auburn finished the season ranked No. 2 in the final AP and Coaches polls. The Tigers were recognized as national champions by various polling organizations, including FansPoll and Golf Digest. Tuberville came under much criticism during the 2008 season for his lackluster performance and coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Tony Franklin, whom he fired after a shocking 14-13 loss to Vanderbilt in October. At that time, the team was 4-2. Auburn finished the year with a 5-7 record, after a disappointing 36-0 loss to rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, marking the Tide's first victory over Auburn in Tuscaloosa and snapping Auburn's six-year winning streak. Tuberville voluntarily resigned the following week, stating that he would take a year off from coaching. Over ten seasons, Tuberville compiled an 85-40 record at Auburn, while winning one conference championship, five division championships, and completing Auburn's third perfect season in modern history.

Gene Chizik Era (2009-2012)[edit]

On December 13, 2008, Athletic Director Jay Jacobs announced Gene Chizik, former Auburn defensive coordinator and then Iowa State head coach, as the new Auburn head coach. He received early criticism for his 5-19 record during his time at Iowa State during 2007 and 2008. He quickly began forming his new coaching staff, including offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who had coached the nation's top offense at Tulsa for the previous two seasons. During his first season, Auburn finished with a 7-5 record, and defeated Northwestern 38-35 in the Outback Bowl, its first bowl game since 2007.

Following the 2009 season, Chizik and his staff recruited a top-5 recruiting class, highlighted by junior college transfer quarterback Cam Newton and running back Mike Dyer. Auburn's 2010 "A-Day" spring scrimmage drew a crowd of 63,217 fans to Jordan-Hare Stadium, setting a new spring game attendance record. Auburn, led by quarterback Cam Newton, running back Mike Dyer, and defensive tackle Nick Fairley, completed the regular season with a perfect 12-0 record, highlighted by a comeback victory over Alabama. The Tide led Auburn 24-0 in the first half, only to lose the game in the second half 28-27. It was the largest lead ever blown by Alabama in Tuscaloosa and the largest ever comeback through the 75-year history of the game. Auburn went on to defeat South Carolina 56-17 in the SEC Championship Game, which secured a spot in the BCS National Championship Game. This would be the first BCS bowl game appearance for Auburn since 2004, when the Tigers were left out of the national championship picture. Cam Newton became the third Heisman Trophy winner in school history, while also winning the AP Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award, and the Maxwell Award. Nick Fairley became the second Auburn player in school history to win the Lombardi Award. Auburn faced the Oregon Ducks on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona, which ended with a 22-19 Auburn victory, secured by a game-winning field goal kick by senior Wes Byrum, who also kicked the game-winning field goals against Clemson and Kentucky during the regular season. Auburn finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record, and its first national championship since 1957. Auburn celebrated their national championship with a special ceremony at Jordan-Hare Stadium two weeks following the championship game in Arizona. The coaches and players were honored, along with players from the 1957, 1993, and 2004 undefeated teams. The event drew over 78,000 fans, covering Jordan-Hare Stadium lower decks , spilling into both upper decks. A special "reverse" Tiger Walk and special rolling of Toomer's Corner also took place. After settling down from the magical 2010 season, Chizik and his staff began preparing to defend their national title.

Auburn opened the 2011 season with dramatic wins against Utah State and Mississippi State. Auburn then fell to eventual ACC Champion Clemson on the road in Death Valley, which snapped Auburn's 17-game winning streak, which began on January 1, 2010, vs. Northwestern in Outback Bowl. The Tigers would go on to complete the regular season with a 7-5 record and ranked no. 25 in the final BCS poll, with wins against Florida Atlantic, no. 9 South Carolina, Florida, Ole Miss, and Samford. Auburn fell to Arkansas, LSU (SEC Champions), Georgia (eastern division champion), and arch-rival Alabama (National Champions). The Tigers won their 37th bowl appearance by a score of 43-24 over the Virginia Cavaliers in the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl on December 31, 2011.

Following a 3-9 (0-8 in conference play) season in 2012, the program's worst season in 60 years, Chizik was terminated as head football coach. In addition to the remarkably poor 2012 season, mounting player disciplinary issues and the lack of on-field success delivered from several consecutive highly rated recruiting classes contributed to Chizik's firing. Over his four season tenure as head coach at Auburn, Chizik compiled an overall record of 33-19 (15-17 in conference play), delivering one SEC Championship and a National Championship in 2010 and 3 consecutive bowl wins from 2009-2011 before not qualifying for a bowl in 2012.

Gus Malzahn Era (2013-Present)[edit]

After Gene Chizik's termination at the end of the 2012 season, Athletic Director Jay Jacobs would form a search committee headed by former Auburn Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan along with fellow former player Mac Crawford to find the programs next head coach. The committee would go on to unanimously select Arkansas State head coach and former Auburn offensive coordinator from 2009-2011 Gus Malzahn. On December 4, 2012 it was officially announced that Malzahn would assume the position of head coach at Auburn University.

Modern history[edit]

While Auburn football has a long and storied history, the Tigers have had uneven success in recent years. Since the expansion of the SEC in 1992, Auburn is the fourth-winningest SEC West team in league play (58.7%), behind Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, respectively.[2] At of the end of the 2012 season, Auburn teams had won 45 of their last 74 conference match-ups, including 20 of the last 36 SEC away games. When facing their greatest challenge[citation needed], Auburn teams have won 12 of their last 25 match-ups versus top-10 opponents. The Tigers did well at Jordan-Hare Stadium at night between 2000 and 2009, when they won 24 of 29. Over the past five seasons, Auburn has won 38 out of 64 total games, ranking 41st nationally in winning percentage (59.4%).[3]

1983 season[edit]

The 1983 Auburn Tigers, led by head coach Pat Dye and running back Bo Jackson, finished 11-1 after playing the nation's toughest schedule. Their only loss came against #3 Texas, who defeated the Tigers 20-7. Auburn went on to defeat #8 Michigan 9-7 in the Sugar Bowl. Despite entering the bowl games ranked third in both major polls, and with both teams ranked higher losing their bowl games, the Tigers ended ranked third in the final AP poll. Auburn received 21 polls to Miami's 14.

1993 season[edit]

Head coach Terry Bowden led the 1993 team to a perfect season in his first year on the Plains. The Tigers were the only undefeated team in major college football, however were banned from playing on television or post-season games due to NCAA violations. Rival Alabama was sent to the SEC Championship Game as the substitute representative of the Western Division. Auburn finished ranked fourth in the nation by the Associated Press but was named a co-National Champion by the National Championship Foundation along with Florida State, Nebraska and Notre Dame.

2004 season[edit]

The Auburn Tigers ended the 2004 season undefeated, but were left out of the BCS title game because they ranked third in the final BCS rankings. That left undefeated USC and Oklahoma (ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively) to play in the Orange Bowl for the National Championship. Auburn went on to win the Sugar Bowl against Virginia Tech. The team finished No. 2 in both the final AP Poll and USA Today Coaches Poll, following Oklahoma's loss in the National Championship game to the University of Southern California (USC). USC was later stripped of the National Championship for violating NCAA rules.

2010 season[edit]

On October 24, 2010, Auburn was ranked first in the BCS polls for the first time in school history. Their quarterback, Cam Newton, became a Heisman Trophy winner. He had a total of 2,854 yards passing and 30 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. Auburn ended the 2010 regular season a perfect 12-0 after a come-back win over cross-state rival, Alabama, in the 75th "Iron Bowl" game by a score of 28-27. Auburn defeated South Carolina in the December 4th, 2010 SEC Championship game in Atlanta, GA by a score of 56 -17. This SEC Championship victory clinched Auburn's berth in the BCS National Championship Game which took place in Glendale, Arizona against the Oregon Ducks. The Tigers defeated the Ducks 22-19 with a last-second field goal to win their third national championship.

Historical ranking[edit]

Auburn has the 13th most wins in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.[4] In terms of winning percentage, Auburn ranks as the 9th most successful team in the past 25 years with a 71% win rate (213-86-5)[5] and 9th over the last half century (1955–2010) with 69%.[6] Of the 93 current I-A football programs that been active since Auburn first fielded a team 116 years ago, Auburn ranks 14th in winning percentage over that period.[7]

The College Football Research Center lists Auburn as the 14th best college football program in history,[8] with eight Auburn squads listed in Billingsley’s Top 200 Teams of All Time (1869–2010).[9] After the 2008 season, ESPN ranked Auburn the 21st most prestigious program in history.[10]

The Associated Press poll statistics show Auburn with the 11th best national record of being ranked in the final AP Poll[11] and 14th overall (ranked 503 times out of 1058 polls since the poll began in 1936), with an average ranking of 11.2.[12] Since the Coaches Poll first released a final poll in 1950, Auburn has 26 seasons where the team finished ranked in the top 20 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.[13]

Heisman links[edit]

Three Auburn players, Pat Sullivan in 1971, Bo Jackson in 1985, and Cam Newton in 2010, have won the Heisman Trophy. The Trophy's namesake, John Heisman, coached at Auburn from 1895 until 1899. Of the eight schools of which Heisman coached (among others, Georgia Tech and Clemson), Auburn is the only school that has produced a Heisman Trophy winner. The Auburn Athletic Department has announced that it will honor the school's three Heisman winners with statues, along with a bust of coach John Heisman, outside the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium.[14]

Team Awards and records[edit]

National championships[edit]

Six Auburn teams have been awarded some form of "National Champions" title, though only two are claimed — the 1957 title, awarded by the Associated Press[15] and an undisputed national championship in 2010.

1957Ralph "Shug" JordanAP10-0 (7-0)no bowlno bowl
2010Gene ChizikBCS, AP, Coaches14-0 (8-0)BCS National Championship Game#1 Auburn 22, #2 Oregon 19
Claimed National Championships:2

Over the seasons, other polls and organizations have named Auburn national champions,[16] although none of these championships are claimed by the school:

The AP Poll did not begin selecting a champion until 1936 nor the AFCA Coaches Poll until 1950. The 1913 team finished a perfect 8-0 and was awarded the national title by Billingsley. The 1983 team featuring Bo Jackson went 11–1 and finished the season by beating Michigan in the Sugar Bowl. Despite the team entering the game ranked third in the AP and both teams ranked ahead losing their bowl games, Auburn was jumped by fifth ranked Miami for the AP National Title. The 1993 team finished 11-0 but was ineligible to play in the postseason due to NCAA-imposed sanctions for paying Eric Ramsey[17] and finished ranked fourth by the AP. The undefeated 2004 squad (13–0) finished second in the AP and Coaches Top 25 polls, but the team was awarded the 2004 People's National Champion title.[18] After USC was stripped of the FWAA title, the organization discussed awarding the Grantland Rice Award to Auburn but ultimately voted not to award a trophy for 2004.[19] On June 6, 2011, the BCS officially stripped USC of its 2004 national championship, stating that there would be no champion for the 2004 season. Auburn does not officially claim these titles, but acknowledges the 1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1958, 1972, 1983, 1993, 1994, and 2004 teams in its media guide.[20]

Undefeated seasons[edit]

Since its beginnings in 1892, Auburn has completed fourteen undefeated seasons.[21] This includes seven perfect seasons in which the Tigers were undefeated and untied:

Conference championships[edit]

Auburn has won a total of 11 conference championships, including 7 SEC Championships.

Conference affiliations:

YearConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference RecordBowlResult
1900SIAABilly Watkins4-04-0no bowl
1913SIAAMike Donahue9-08-0no bowl
1919SIAAMike Donahue8-15-1no bowl
1932†SouthernChet A. Wynne9-0-16-0-1no bowl
1957SECRalph "Shug" Jordan10-07-0no bowl due to NCAA infractions
1983SECPat Dye11-16-0Sugar Bowl#3 Auburn 9, #8 Michigan 7
1987SECPat Dye9-1-26-0-1Sugar Bowl#6 Auburn 16, #4 Syracuse 16
1988SECPat Dye10-26-1Sugar Bowl#7 Auburn 7, #4 Florida State 13
1989SECPat Dye10-26-1Hall of Fame Bowl#9 Auburn 31, #20 Ohio State 14
2004SECTommy Tuberville13-08-0Sugar Bowl#3 Auburn 16, #9 Virginia Tech 13
2010SECGene Chizik14-08-0BCS National Championship Game#1 Auburn 22, #2 Oregon 19
Total Conference Championships:11
† Denotes co-champions

Divisional championships[edit]

Since divisional play began in 1992, Auburn has won the SEC Western Division championship and gone on to the conference title game on 4 occasions and is 2-2 in the SEC Championship Game. The most recent appearance came in 2010, as Auburn completed the regular season 12-0, and defeated South Carolina 56-17 in the 2010 SEC Championship Game. Auburn has also shared the western division title, but did not play in the championship game due to tiebreakers on 3 occasions.

YearDivisionCoachOverall RecordConference RecordSEC Championship Game Result
1993SEC WestTerry Bowden11-08–0no championship game due to NCAA Probation
1994SEC WestTerry Bowden9–1–16–1–1no championship game due to NCAA Probation
1997SEC WestTerry Bowden10-36-2#11 Auburn 29, #3 Tennessee 30
2000SEC WestTommy Tuberville9-46-2#18 Auburn 6, #7 Florida 28
2001SEC WestTommy Tuberville7-55-3LSU won divisional tiebreaker
2002SEC WestTommy Tuberville9-45-3Arkansas won divisional tiebreaker
2004SEC WestTommy Tuberville13-08-0#3 Auburn 38, #15 Tennessee 28
2005SEC WestTommy Tuberville9-37-1LSU won divisional tiebreaker
2010SEC WestGene Chizik14-08-0#1 Auburn 56, #19 South Carolina 17
Division Championships10
† Denotes co-champions


Primary Auburn Football Rivalries: All-Time Records
Name of RivalryRivalGames PlayedFirst MeetingLast MeetingAU WonAU LostTiesStreakLatest win
Iron BowlAlabama7718932012344212 losses2010, 28-27
Deep South's Oldest RivalryGeorgia11518922013555481 win2013, 43-38
Auburn–LSU football rivalryLSU4719012013202713 losses2010, 24-17
Auburn–Florida football rivalryFlorida8319122011433823 wins2011, 17-6
Auburn–Georgia Tech football rivalryGeorgia Tech9218922005474142 Losses1987, 20-10
Auburn–Tennessee football rivalryTennessee5219002013282136 wins2013,55-23
Auburn–Tulane football rivalryTulane3719022006141761 win2006,38-13
Auburn–Clemson rivalryClemson4818992012341322 losses2010, 27-24

Total Program Achievements[edit]

National Champions1957, 2010
Unclaimed National Champions1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1958, 1972, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1994, 2004
Conference Champions1900, 1913, 1919, 1932, 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010
Perfect Seasons1900, 1904, 1913, 1957, 1993, 2004, 2010
Divisional Champions1993, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010
Heisman Trophy Winners1971, 1985, 2010
Final Top 10 (AP)1955, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2010
Final Top 10 (Coaches)1955, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2010
Bowl Victories*1937, 1954, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011


Tiger Walk[edit]

Before each Auburn home football game, thousands of Auburn fans line Donahue Drive to cheer on the team as they walk from the Auburn Athletic Complex to Jordan-Hare Stadium. The tradition began in the 1950s when groups of kids would walk up the street to greet the team and get autographs. During the tenure of coach Doug Barfield, the coach urged fans to come out and support the team, and thousands did. Today the team walks down the hill and into the stadium surrounded by fans who pat them on the back and shake their hands as they walk. The largest Tiger Walk occurred on December 2, 1989, before the first ever home football game against rival Alabama—the Iron Bowl. On that day, an estimated 20,000 fans packed the one block section of road leading to the stadium. According to former athletic director David Housel, Tiger Walk has become "the most copied tradition in all of college football".[22]

"War Eagle"[edit]

Nova, "War Eagle VII"

There are many stories surrounding the origins of Auburn's battle cry, "War Eagle". The most popular account involves the first Auburn football game in 1892 between Auburn and the University of Georgia. According to the story, in the stands that day was an old Civil War soldier with an eagle that he had found injured on a battlefield and kept as a pet. The eagle broke free and began to soar over the field, and Auburn began to march toward the Georgia end-zone. The crowd began to chant, "War Eagle" as the eagle soared. After Auburn won the game, the eagle crashed to the field and died but, according to the legend, his spirit lives on every time an Auburn man or woman yells "War Eagle!" The battle cry of "War Eagle" also functions as a greeting for those associated with the University. For many years, a live golden eagle has embodied the spirit of this tradition. The eagle was once housed on campus in The A. Elwyn Hamer Jr. Aviary (which was the second largest single-bird enclosure in the country), but the aviary was taken down in 2003 and the eagle moved to a nearby raptor center. The eagle, War Eagle VI (nicknamed "Tiger"), was trained in 2000 to fly free around the stadium before every home game to the delight of fans. The present eagle, War Eagle VII (nicknamed "Nova"), continues the tradition.

Toomer's Corner[edit]

The intersection of Magnolia and College streets in Auburn, which marks the transition from downtown Auburn to the university campus, is known as Toomer's Corner. It is named after Toomer's Drugs, a small store on the corner that has been an Auburn landmark since 1896. Hanging over the corner were two massive old oak trees, planted in 1937, and whenever there was cause for celebration in the Auburn community, toilet paper could usually be found hanging from the trees. Also known as "rolling the corner," this tradition was thought to have originated in the 1970s and until the mid-1990s was relegated to only to celebrating athletic wins.

The oak trees were cut down by the university in April, 2013, as a result of them being poisoned by Harvey Updyke Jr., a fan of rival Alabama.

Wreck Tech Pajama Parade[edit]

The Wreck Tech Pajama Parade originated in the 1930's, when a group of mischievous Auburn ROTC cadets, determined to show up the more well-known engineers from Georgia Tech, sneaked out of their dorms the night before the football game between Auburn and Tech and greased the railroad tracks. According to the story, the train carrying the Georgia Tech team slid through town and didn't stop until it was halfway to the neighboring town of Loachapoka, Alabama. The Georgia Tech team was forced to walk the five miles back to Auburn and, not surprisingly, were rather weary at the end of their journey. This likely contributed to their 45–0 loss. While the railroad long ago ceased to be the way teams traveled to Auburn and students never greased the tracks again, the tradition continues in the form of a parade through downtown Auburn. Students parade through the streets in their pajamas and organizations build floats.[23]

Current Coaching Staff[edit]

NamePositionAlma materYear Entering
Gus MalzahnHead CoachHenderson State1st
Rodney GarnerAssociate Head Coach/Defensive Line/Recruiting CoordinatorAuburn1st
Rhett LashleeOffensive Coordinator/QuarterbacksArkansas1st
Dameyune CraigWide Receivers/Co-Offensive CoordinatorAuburn1st
Ellis JohnsonDefensive Coordinator/LinebackersThe Citadel1st
Charlie HarbisonSafeties/Co-Defensive CoordinatorGardner-Webb1st
Scott FountainTight Ends/Special teams CoordinatorSamford1st
Tim HortonRunning BackArkansas1st
J.B. GrimesOffensive lineHenderson State1st
Melvin SmithCornerbacksMillsaps College1st
Ryan RussellHead Strength and Conditioning CoachAuburn1st


Auburn Tigers Football team recruiting rankings:




Top Commit


1423Montravius Adams


821Avery Young


225Christian Westerman


632Michael Dyer


1627Eltoro Freeman


1828Raven Gray


630Kodi Burns


925Bart Eddins


2221Tray Blackmon


3127Leon Hart


1625Brandon Jacobs


1128Brandon Cox

Head coaches[edit]

Auburn has had 25 head coaches, and 1 interim head coach, since it began play during the 1892 season.[24] From 2008-2012, Gene Chizik has served as Auburn's head coach.[25] The team has played more than 1,150 games over 119 seasons.[24] In that time, six coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Jack Meagher, Ralph Jordan, Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik.[26] Billy Watkins, Mike Donahue, Chet A. Wynne, Jordan, Dye, Tuberville and Chizik won a combined eleven conference championships.[27] During their tenures, Jordan and Chizik each won national championships with the Tigers.[27][28]

Award winners[edit]

A number of Auburn players and coaches have won national awards, including 66 players being named as college football All-Americans. The Tigers also have eleven coaches and players that have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Indiana.

Retired numbers[edit]

The Tigers have retired three numbers to date, honoring the following players:[29]

Auburn Tigers retired numbers
7Pat SullivanQB1969-71
88Terry BeasleyWR1969-71
34Bo JacksonRB1982-85

Hall of Fame[edit]

Year Inducted
Year Inducted
1954 - Jimmy Hitchcock
1956 - Walter Gilbert
1991 - Pat Sullivan
1994 - Tucker Frederickson
1998 - Bo Jackson
2002 - Terry Beasley
2004 - Tracy Rocker
2009 - Ed Dyas
1951 - "Iron Mike" Donahue
1954 - John Heisman
1982 - Ralph "Shug" Jordan
2005 - Pat Dye

National Awards[edit]


Heisman Trophy[30]
Best player
Walter Camp Award[31]
Best player
Maxwell Award
Best player
1971 - Pat Sullivan, QB
1985 - Bo Jackson, RB
2010 - Cam Newton,QB
1971 - Pat Sullivan, QB
1985 - Bo Jackson, RB
2010 - Cam Newton,QB
2010 - Cam Newton,QB
Davey O'Brien Award
Best quarterback
Manning Award
Best quarterback
Outland Trophy[32]
Best interior lineman
Lombardi Award[33]
Best lineman/linebacker
Jim Thorpe Award[34]
Best defensive back
2010 - Cam Newton
2010 - Cam Newton
1958 - Zeke Smith,G
1988 - Tracy Rocker, DT
1988 - Tracy Rocker, DT
2010 - Nick Fairley, DT
2004 - Carlos Rogers, CB


Paul "Bear" Bryant Award[35]
Coach of the Year
Home Depot Award[36]
Coach of the Year
Bowden Award[37]
Coach of the Year
Broyles Award[38]
Best assistant coach
1993 - Terry Bowden
2004 - Tommy Tuberville
2010 - Gene Chizik
2010 - Gene Chizik
2010 - Gene Chizik
2004 - Gene Chizik
2010 - Gus Malzahn


Jimmy HitchcockHB1932WCFF
Walter GilbertC1933–1936
Monk GaffordRB1942
Caleb "Tex" WarringtonC1944FWAA, WCFF
Travis TidwellRB1949Williamson
Jim PyburnWR1954
Joe ChildressRB1955FWAA
Frank D’AgostinoT1955AFCA
Fob JamesRB1955INS
Jimmy PhillipsDE1957AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Zeke SmithOG1958–1959AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Jackie BurkettC1958AFCA
Ken RiceOT1959–1960AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Ed DyasRB1960FWAA
Jimmy SidleRB1963FWAA
Tucker FredericksonRB1964FWAA, WCFF
Jack ThorntonDT1965NEA
Bill CodyLB
Freddie HyattWR1967TFN
David CampbellDT1968NEA
Buddy McClintonDB1969AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Larry WillinghamDB1970AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Pat SullivanQB1971AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Terry BeasleyWR1971AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Mike FullerS1974
Ken BernichLB1974AFCA, WCFF
Neil O'DonoghuePK1976TFN
Keith UeckerOG1981Mizlou
Bob HarrisSS
David KingCB
Donnie HumphreyDT1983WTBS
Gregg CarrLB1984AFCA, WCFF
Bo JacksonRB1983,1985AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Lewis ColbertP1985AFCA
Ben TamburelloC1986AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Brent FullwoodRB1986AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Aundray BruceLB1987AFCA, WCFF
Kurt CrainLB1987AP
Stacy SearelsOT1987AP, TFN
Tracy RockerDT1987–1988AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Walter ReevesTE1988TSN
Benji RolandDT
Ed KingOG1989–1990AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Craig OgletreeLB1989TSN
David RockerDT1990AFCA, WCFF
Wayne GandyOT1993AP, FWAA, SH
Terry DanielP1993AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Brian RobinsonSS
Frank SandersWR1994AP, FWAA, SH
Chris ShellingSS1994FWAA, SH
Victor RileyOT1997AFCA
Takeo SpikesLB1997TSN
Damon DuvalPK2001AFCA, WCFF
Karlos DansbyLB2003AFCA
Marcus McNeillOT2004–2005AP, CBS, FWAA, SI, Rivals, CFN, WCFF
Carlos RogersCB2004AP, FWAA, WCFF
Junior RosegreenSS2004SI, CBS
Carnell WilliamsRB2004AFCA
Kenny IronsRB2005Rivals
Tim DuckworthOG2006Rivals
Quentin GrovesDE2006Rivals
Ben GrubbsOG2006Rivals, ESPN, PFW
David IronsCB2006Rivals
Cam NewtonQB2010AFCA, AP, Rivals, SI, WCFF
Lee ZiembaOT2010AFCA, FWAA, SI, WCFF
Nick FairleyDT2010AP, FWAA, Rivals, SI, WCFF
Steven ClarkP2011AP, SI, Rivals

Tigers in the NFL[edit]

Ronnie Brown was the #2 pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

There have been 245 Auburn players drafted into the National Football League, with 15 earning 30 All-Pro honors, 27 making Pro Bowl appearances, and 23 playing in the Super Bowl.

The Dow Jones College-Football Success Index ranked Auburn as the eighth best program in the nation, with the second highest Draft Value which indicate "that a school's players perform better than NFL scouts seem to expect".[39] Auburn is tied (with Miami) for second most Top 5 NFL Draft picks this decade, and The Plains have produced 25 first round draft picks overall.

"Running Back U"[edit]

Cadillac Williams evades a tackler.

Auburn has several former running backs currently playing that position in the NFL (see below). They carry on a long legacy of top NFL backs from Auburn such as Tucker Frederickson, William Andrews, Joe Cribbs, James Brooks, Rudi Johnson, Stephen Davis, Onterio McCalebb, James Bostic, Brandon Jacobs, Lionel James, Brent Fullwood, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Heath Evans, Kenny Irons, Ben Tate, Fred Beasley,Kevin McCleod, Tony Richardson, Tommie Agee and Bo Jackson. Over the years 1987-2008, there have been 15 Tiger running backs drafted into the NFL, with several more successfully signing as undrafted free-agents.

Current NFL players[edit]

Daren BatesLBSt.Louis Rams
Ronnie BrownRBSan Diego Chargers
Josh BynesLBBaltimore Ravens
Jason CampbellQBCleveland Browns
Zach ClaytonDTTennessee Titans
Karlos DansbyLBArizona Cardinals
King DunlapOTSan Diego Chargers
Nick FairleyDTDetroit Lions
Josh HarrisLSAtlanta Falcons
Tyronne GreenOGNew England Patriots
Quentin GrovesLBCleveland Browns
Ben GrubbsOGNew Orleans Saints
Will HerringLBNew Orleans Saints
Corey LemonierLBSan Francisco 49ers
Senderrick MarksDTJacksonville Jaguars
Onterio McCalebbDBCincinnatti Bengals
Brandon MosleyOTNew York Giants
Cam NewtonQBCarolina Panthers
Jerraud PowersDBArizona Cardinals
Jay RatliffDTDallas Cowboys
Carlos RogersDBSan Francisco 49ers
Pat SimsDTOakland Raiders
Ben TateRBHouston Texans

Hall of Fame[edit]

Frank GatskiC1985

Iron Bowl[edit]

The Iron Bowl is considered by many to be one of the biggest college football rivalries. The game is played annually on Thanksgiving weekend between Auburn and Alabama. The game was first played from 1893 to 1906 but was suspended for 42 years. The game resumed in 1949 and the rivalry has blossomed into one of the biggest games of the year. The winners of the past 4 Iron Bowls have gone on to play in and win the BCS national championship. Alabama leads the series 42-34-1.

Bowl history[edit]

Auburn football teams have been invited to participate in 37 total bowls and have garnered a record of 22–13–2. Auburn ranks as one of the best programs in the nation in success in bowl games. Auburn ranks 16th in all-time bowl appearances with 37, 10th in all-time bowl wins with 22, and 5th in all-time bowl win percentage (minimum of 20 games) at .622. Most recently, Auburn defeated the Virginia Cavaliers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, 43-24, on December 31, 2011. Auburn has won 5 straight bowl games and 8 out of their last 9. Auburn's 5 straight bowl wins is tied for the longest current bowl game win streak.

T01-01-19377Villanova7Bacardi Bowl
W01-01-19386Michigan St.0Orange Bowl
L01-01-195413Texas Tech35Gator Bowl
W12-31-195433Baylor13Gator Bowl
L12-31-195513Vanderbilt25Gator Bowl
L01-01-19647Nebraska13Orange Bowl
L12-18-19657Mississippi13Liberty Bowl
W12-28-196834Arizona10Sun Bowl
L12-31-19697Houston36Bluebonnet Bowl
W01-02-197135Mississippi28Gator Bowl
L01-01-197222Oklahoma40Sugar Bowl
W12-30-197224Colorado3Gator Bowl
L12-29-197317Missouri34Sun Bowl
W12-30-197427Texas3Gator Bowl
W12-18-198233Boston College26Tangerine Bowl
W01-02-19849Michigan7Sugar Bowl
W12-27-198421Arkansas15Liberty Bowl
L01-01-198616Texas A&M36Cotton Bowl Classic
W01-01-198716Southern California7Florida Citrus Bowl
T01-01-198816Syracuse16Sugar Bowl
L01-02-19897Florida St.13Sugar Bowl
W01-01-199031Ohio St.14Hall of Fame Bowl
W12-29-199027Indiana23Peach Bowl
L01-01-199614Penn St.43Outback Bowl
W12-31-199632Army29Independence Bowl
W01-02-199821Clemson17Peach Bowl
L01-01-200128Michigan31Florida Citrus Bowl
L12-31-200110North Carolina16Peach Bowl
W01-01-200313Penn St.9Capital One Bowl
W12-31-200328Wisconsin14Music City Bowl
W01-03-200516Virginia Tech13Sugar Bowl
L01-02-200610Wisconsin24Capital One Bowl
W01-01-200717Nebraska14Cotton Bowl Classic
W12-31-200723Clemson20Chick-fil-A Bowl
W01-01-201038Northwestern35Outback Bowl
W01-10-201122Oregon19BCS National Championship Game
W12-31-201143Virginia24Chick-fil-A Bowl

Future schedules[edit]

Auburn is scheduled to play the following non-conference opponents in future seasons:[40]

vs. Washington Statevs. San Jose Statevs. Louisville (Atlanta)
vs. Arkansas Stateat Kansas Statevs. Jacksonville State
vs. Western Carolinavs. Louisiana Techvs. Idaho
vs. Florida Atlanticvs. Samfordvs. San Jose State


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