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Auburn Tigers football
2013 Auburn Tigers football team
AuburnTigers.svg
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)
ConferenceSEC
DivisionSEC Western Division
Past conferencesIndependent (1892–1894)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1895–1920)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record733–416–47 (.633)
Postseason bowl record22–14–2 (.605)
Claimed national titles2 (1957, 2010)
Unclaimed national titles8 (1910, 1913, 1914, 1932, 1958, 1983, 1993, 2004)
Conference titles15 (1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010, 2013)
Division titles9 (1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013)
Heisman winners3 (Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, and Cam Newton)
Consensus All-Americans68
Current uniform
AuburnFootballUni.PNG
Colors

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)
Websitewww.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/
 
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Auburn Tigers football
2013 Auburn Tigers football team
AuburnTigers.svg
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)
ConferenceSEC
DivisionSEC Western Division
Past conferencesIndependent (1892–1894)
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1895–1920)
Southern Conference (1921–1932)
All-time record733–416–47 (.633)
Postseason bowl record22–14–2 (.605)
Claimed national titles2 (1957, 2010)
Unclaimed national titles8 (1910, 1913, 1914, 1932, 1958, 1983, 1993, 2004)
Conference titles15 (1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010, 2013)
Division titles9 (1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013)
Heisman winners3 (Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, and Cam Newton)
Consensus All-Americans68
Current uniform
AuburnFootballUni.PNG
Colors

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)
Websitewww.auburntigers.com/sports/m-footbl/

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 two national championships (1957, 2010), seven perfect seasons, 15 conference championships, 9 divisional championships, and has made 38 bowl appearances, including eight historically major or BCS bowl berths (Sugar, Orange, BCS Championship). The Tigers have the 12th most wins in FBS history with over 700 victories and have finished ranked in the Top 25 of either the AP or Coaches polls 37 times, including 18 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. Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who coached from 1951 to 1975 and led Auburn to its first poll national championship in 1957, won a total of 176 games, the most by any Auburn coach. 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 Tigers are the reigning SEC Champions after defeating #5 Missouri 59–42 in the 2013 SEC Championship Game. Auburn faced #1 Florida State in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, falling to the undefeated Seminoles, 31-34. This marked the second SEC title and BCS Championship appearance in four years. Auburn also has the most SEC Titles in the last ten years with three: 2004, 2010, and 2013.

Origins[edit]

The organization of Auburn's first football team is credited to George Petrie, who led the 1892 Tigers to a 3–2 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.

History[edit]

Since its beginnings in 1892, Auburn football has accumulated 2 national championships, 15 conference championships, 9 divisional championships, seven perfect seasons, and three Heisman Trophy winners.

Early History (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]

Coach Donahue

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 conference championship and perfect season. The 1907 season would mark the last time Auburn would play Alabama until 1948, after a 7–7 tie between the two rivals. The 1910 team claimed a conference championship with a 6-1 record, and was named national champions by Loren Maxwell. Donahue's best season came in 1913, when Auburn claimed its fourth conference championship with an 8–0 record. The 1913 Tigers were also named national champions by Billingsley Report, 1st-N-Goal, and James Howell. The 1914 team also won a conference championship with an 8–0–1 record, and were named national champions by James Howell. 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.

Pitts, Morey, Bohler and Wynne (1923–1933)[edit]

Coach Wynne

Boozer Pitts was promoted from assistant coach to Auburn's head football coach, serving from 1923-1924 and again in 1927. Pitts failed to win more than four games in a single season during his tenure that included an 0-4-2 1927 season.

In September 1925, Dave Morey was hired as the head football coach. Morey was the head coach at Auburn for three years (1925–1927), compiling an overall record of 10–10–1 at the school. The highlight of Morey's tenure with Auburn was a 2–0 win over Bernie Bierman's Tulane squad in the game that dedicated New Orleans' famous Sugar Bowl. In 1927, the Auburn football team lost its starting quarterback, who was expelled after being caught sneaking into the women's dormitory following a night of drunken reverie. The team opened the 1927 season with an 0–3 record, including embarrassing losses to Stetson College and Clemson. At a pep rally six days after the loss to Clemson, Morey announced his resignation.

George Bohler was Auburn's head football coach for two seasons from 1928-1929. He posted a 3-11 record in those two seasons before he was replaced due to the poor record and support.

Chet A. Wynne was Auburn's head football coach for four seasons (1930-1933), posting a 22-15-2 record before departing to take the head football coach position at Kentucky. Wynne's 1932 team posted a 9-0-1 record and won the Southern Conference championship in its final year in the conference before moving to the SEC.

Jack Meagher era (1934-1942)[edit]

Jack Meagher came to Auburn from Rice. Auburn's first bowl appearance came in 1936 under Coach 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. Meagher's final record at Auburn in 48-37-10.

Voyles and Brown (1944-1950)[edit]

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]

Coach Jordan

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, with a 176–83–7 record and a .675 winning percentage. The 176 career wins remain a record for an Auburn coach.

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.

Over twelve seasons, Dye achieved a 99–39–4 record, the third highest number of wins 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 Samford head coach Terry Bowden, son of legendary coach Bobby Bowden, head coach of the Tigers.[1] 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 by the National Championship Foundation. The most memorable game, of the 1994 season was the "Interception Game" versus LSU. In which the Auburn defense intercepted 7 LSU passes, returning 3 for touchdowns in the 4th quarter (Ken Alvis, Fred Smith and Brian Robinson). During the first two 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.[2] 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]

Coach Tuberville

Following the 1998 season, Ole Miss head coach Tommy Tuberville left Oxford to become the new head coach of the Auburn Tigers.[3] 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 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.[4] 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]

Coach Chizik

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.[5] 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. This would be Gus Malzahn's final game as offensive coordinator for Auburn before becoming head coach at Arkansas State. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof would also depart following the 2011 season, leaving for UCF.

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.[6] 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 three consecutive bowl wins from 2009 to 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 program's next head coach. The committee would go on to unanimously select Arkansas State head coach and former Auburn offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2011 Gus Malzahn.[7] On December 4, 2012 it was officially announced that Malzahn would assume the position of head coach at Auburn University.[7] He is currently in his first season, and has his 2013 Tigers 12–1 and has won the SEC Championship versus the Missouri Tigers. The season was highlighted by two of the greatest plays in Auburn football history. After allowing #25 Georgia to take a 38–37 lead with less than two minutes remaining, quarterback Nick Marshall threw a 73-yard Hail Mary pass to Ricardo Louis for the game-winning touchdown after being tipped up by two Georgia defenders. The Tigers would put the game away in the final 25 seconds and win 43–38 over the Bulldogs. Auburn also defeated #1 Alabama in dramatic fashion. After lobbying for one second to be restored to the game clock in the fourth quarter, tied 28–28 with the Tigers, Alabama head coach Nick Saban chose to attempt a 57-yard game-winning field goal. The Tide was 0–3 in field goal attempts on the day with veteran kicker Cade Foster, thus chose to use Adam Griffith for the final attempt. Griffith's kick did not have the distance and the ball landed in the hands of Chris Davis, who would return the ball unofficially 109 yards endzone to endzone for an Auburn touchdown and seal a victory for the Tigers along with a berth in the SEC Championship Game. Auburn would face #5 Missouri in the 2013 SEC Championship Game, eventually winning 59–42 in an offensive showdown which produced 677 total yards for Auburn, including a 304-yard performance by game MVP Tre Mason. The Tigers faced #1 Florida State in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California on January 6, 2014. They lost by a score of 34-31, as Florida State scored the go-ahead touchdown with thirteen seconds remaining in the game. The Tigers finished #2 in both the final AP and Coaches polls.

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 has the fourth highest win percentage in SEC West league play (58.7%), behind Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, respectively.[8] 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%).[9]

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 in 2010, though 2004 BCS Championship remains vacated.

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 2010 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, and their first undisputed title.

2013 season[edit]

Following an abysmal 3-9 season in 2012, Auburn was poised to begin a "new day" under the leadership of head coach Gus Malzahn in 2013. The Tigers were picked to finished fifth in the SEC West, and received no votes in any preseason polls. Auburn would go on to complete what has been coined as the greatest turnaround in college football history, finishing the regular season with an 11-1 record. The only loss came against #6 LSU in a night game at Tiger Stadium, where the Tigers would suffer a 21-35 defeat. The season is best known for Auburn's stellar finishes against rivals Georgia and Alabama, dubbed The Prayer at Jordan-Hare and Kick Bama Kick respectively. Auburn would go on to defeat #5 Missouri 59-42 in the 2013 SEC Championship Game and claim its third conference championship in ten years, the most of any SEC program during that time period. Auburn's offense was anchored by an unstoppable rushing attack under the leadership of running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason, who rushed for 1,816 total yards, surpassing Bo Jackson's single-season record of 1,786 yards. Auburn would ultimately face #1 Florida State in the Rose Bowl for the 2014 BCS National Championship Game, falling to the Seminoles in the final seconds, 31-34. Auburn finished the season ranked #2 in both the AP and Coaches final polls after completing a 12-2 turnaround season, which marked its second SEC title and BCS Championship appearance in four years.

Historical ranking[edit]

Auburn has the 13th most wins in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.[10] 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)[11] and 9th over the last half century (1955–2010) with 69%.[12] 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.[13]

The College Football Research Center lists Auburn as the 14th best college football program in history,[14] with eight Auburn squads listed in Billingsley's Top 200 Teams of All Time (1869–2010).[15] After the 2008 season, ESPN ranked Auburn the 21st most prestigious program in history.[16]

The Associated Press poll statistics show Auburn with the 11th best national record of being ranked in the final AP Poll[17] and 14th overall (ranked 503 times out of 1058 polls since the poll began in 1936), with an average ranking of 11.2.[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

Team awards and records[edit]

National championships[edit]

The AP Poll did not begin selecting a champion until 1936 nor the AFCA Coaches Poll until 1950. Ten Auburn teams have been awarded some form of "National Champions" title, though only two are currently claimed by the University—the 1957 title, awarded by the Associated Press[21] and an undisputed national championship in 2010.

YearCoachSelectorRecordNotes
1910Mike DonahueVarious6-1SIAA Co-Champions
1913Mike DonahueVarious8-0SIAA Champions
1914Mike DonahueVarious8-0-1SIAA Co-Champions
1932Chet A. WynneVarious9-0-1SoCon Champions
1957Ralph "Shug" JordanAP10-0SEC Champions
1958Ralph "Shug" JordanVarious9-0-1--
1983Pat DyeVarious11-1SEC Champions, Won Sugar Bowl
1993Terry BowdenVarious11-0SEC Western Division Co-Champions†
2004Tommy TubervilleVarious13-0SEC Champions, Won Sugar Bowl
2010Gene ChizikBCS, AP, Coaches14-0SEC Champions, Won BCS Title Game
Total National Championship Selections:10
* Highlighted years are officially claimed by the Auburn University Athletic Department. The remaining years are currently under further review for official claiming.[22][23]
† Auburn was ineligible for postseason play, including the 1993 SEC Championship Game, and the Coaches poll due to NCAA sanctions.

Undefeated seasons[edit]

Since its beginnings in 1892, Auburn has completed fourteen undefeated seasons.[24] This includes seven (7) perfect seasons in which the Tigers were undefeated and untied:

Conference championships[edit]

Auburn has won a total of 15 conference championships, including 6 SIAA Championships, 1 Southern Conference Championship, and 8 SEC Championships.

Conference affiliations:

YearConferenceCoachOverall RecordConference Record
1900SIAABilly Watkins4–04–0
1904SIAAMike Donahue6–05–0
1910SIAAMike Donahue6-14-0
1913SIAAMike Donahue9–08–0
1914SIAAMike Donahue8–0–15–0–1
1919SIAAMike Donahue8–15–1
1932SouthernChet A. Wynne9–0–16–0–1
1957SECRalph "Shug" Jordan10–07–0
1983SECPat Dye11–16–0
1987SECPat Dye9–1–26–0–1
1988SECPat Dye10–26–1
1989SECPat Dye10–26–1
2004SECTommy Tuberville13–08–0
2010SECGene Chizik14–08–0
2013SECGus Malzahn12–27–1
Total Conference Championships:15 (6 SIAA, 1 Southern, 8 SEC)
† 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 5 occasions and is 3–2 in the SEC Championship Game. The most recent appearance came in 2013, as Auburn completed the regular season 11–1, and defeated Missouri, 59–42, in the 2013 SEC Championship Game. Auburn has also shared the western division title, but did not play in the championship game due to NCAA probation or tiebreakers on 4 occasions.

YearDivisionCoachOverall RecordConference RecordSEC Championship Game Result
1993SEC WestTerry Bowden11–08–0Ineligible for SEC Championship Game
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
2013SEC WestGus Malzahn12-27–1#3 Auburn 59, #5 Missouri 42
Division Championships9
† Denotes co-champions

Rivalries[edit]

Auburn maintains annual rivalry games with SEC foes LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. The Tigers have played Georgia 117 times in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, the most of any opponent. Auburn's primary rivalry game is the Iron Bowl against Alabama, a series led by the Tigers 18-14 in games played since 1982. Rivalries with Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Tulane were more prominent during Auburn's membership in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Southern Conference, and the early days of the Southeastern Conference. Auburn is 385–316–35 all-time in significant rivalry games.

Primary Auburn Football Rivalries: All-Time Records
Name of RivalryRivalGames PlayedFirst MeetingLast MeetingRecordStreakLatest win
Iron BowlAlabama781893201335–42–11 win2013, 34–28
Deep South's Oldest RivalryGeorgia1171892201355–54–81 win2013, 43–38
The Tiger BowlLSU481901201320–27–13 losses2010, 24–17
Auburn–FloridaFlorida831912201143–38–23 wins2011, 17–6
Auburn–Georgia TechGeorgia Tech921892200547–41–42 losses1987, 20–10
Auburn–TennesseeTennessee521900201328–21–36 wins2013, 55–23
Auburn–TulaneTulane371902200614–17–61 win2006, 38–13
Auburn–ClemsonClemson491899201234–13–22 losses2010, 27–24
Auburn–Florida StateFlorida State191954201413–5–11 loss1990, 20–17
Totals721385–316–35

Total program achievements[edit]

National Champions1957, 2010
Unclaimed National Champions1910, 1913, 1914, 1932, 1958, 1983, 1993, 2004
Conference Champions1900, 1904, 1910, 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010, 2013
Perfect Seasons1900, 1904, 1913, 1957, 1993, 2004, 2010
Divisional Champions1993, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013
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, 2013
Final Top 10 (Coaches)1955, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013
Bowl Victories*1937, 1954, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

Traditions[edit]

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".[25]

"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. War Eagle VI is believed to be the inspiration behind the 2005–2006 Auburn Cheerleading squad's chant, "Tigers, Tigers, Gooooooo Tigers!"

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 1930s, 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.[26]

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

Recruiting[edit]

Auburn Tigers Football Scout.com team recruiting rankings:

Class

Scout.com

Rank

Commits

Top Commit

2013

1423Montravius Adams

2012

821Avery Young

2011

225Christian Westerman

2010

632Michael Dyer

2009

1627Eltoro Freeman

2008

1828Raven Gray

2007

630Kodi Burns

2006

925Bart Eddins

2005

2221Tray Blackmon

2004

3127Leon Hart

2003

1625Brandon Jacobs

2002

1128Brandon Cox

Head coaches[edit]

Auburn has had 25 head coaches, and 1 interim head coach, since it began play during the 1892 season.[27] From 2008 to 2012, Gene Chizik has served as Auburn's head coach.[28] The team has played more than 1,150 games over 119 seasons.[27] In that time, seven coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Jack Meagher, Ralph Jordan, Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville, Gene Chizik, and Gus Malzhan.[29] Billy Watkins, Mike Donahue, Chet A. Wynne, Jordan, Dye, Tuberville, Chizik, and Malzhan won a combined twelve conference championships.[30] During their tenures, Jordan and Chizik each won national championships with the Tigers.[30][31]

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:[32]

Auburn Tigers retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionTenure
7Pat SullivanQB1969–71
88Terry BeasleyWR1969–71
34Bo JacksonRB1982–85

While Cam Newton's number 2 is not officially retired, the number has not been worn by any Auburn player since Newton wore it in 2010.

Hall of Fame[edit]

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

National awards[edit]

Players

Heisman Trophy[33]
Best player
Walter Camp Award[34]
Best player
Maxwell Award
Best player
1971Pat Sullivan, QB
1985Bo Jackson, RB
2010Cam Newton,QB
1971Pat Sullivan, QB
1985Bo Jackson, RB
2010Cam Newton,QB
2010Cam Newton,QB
Davey O'Brien Award
Best quarterback
Manning Award
Best quarterback
Outland Trophy[35]
Best interior lineman
Lombardi Award[36]
Best lineman/linebacker
Jim Thorpe Award[37]
Best defensive back
2010Cam Newton2010Cam Newton1958Zeke Smith,G
1988Tracy Rocker, DT
1988Tracy Rocker, DT
2010Nick Fairley, DT
2004Carlos Rogers, CB

Coaches

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award[38]
Coach of the Year
Eddie Robinson Award
Coach of the Year
Sporting News Award
Coach of the Year
Home Depot Award[39]
Coach of the Year
Bowden Award[40]
Coach of the Year
Broyles Award[41]
Best assistant coach
1993Terry Bowden
2004Tommy Tuberville
2010Gene Chizik
2013Gus Malzahn
1993Terry Bowden
2013Gus Malzahn
1993Terry Bowden
2004Tommy Tuberville
2013Gus Malzahn
2010Gene Chizik
2013Gus Malzahn
2010Gene Chizik
2013Gus Malzahn
2004Gene Chizik
2010Gus Malzahn

All-Americans[edit]

NamePositionYearsSource
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
Tre MasonRB2013Sporting News
Chris DavisPR2013Sporting News

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".[42] 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 19872008, there have been 15 Tiger running backs drafted into the NFL, with several more successfully signing as undrafted free-agents.

Current NFL players[edit]

NamePositionTeam
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 McCalebbDBCincinnati Bengals
Brandon MosleyOTNew York Giants
Cam NewtonQBCarolina Panthers
Jerraud PowersDBArizona Cardinals
Jeremiah RatliffDTChicago Bears
Carlos RogersDBSan Francisco 49ers
Pat SimsDTOakland Raiders
Ben TateRBHouston Texans

Hall of Fame[edit]

NamePositionInducted
Frank GatskiC1985

The Iron Bowl[edit]

The Iron Bowl is played annually on Thanksgiving weekend between Auburn and Alabama, and is widely reckoned as one of the most (if not the most) bitter rivalries in college football. 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 5 Iron Bowls have gone on to play in and win the BCS national championship. While Alabama leads the overall series 42-35–1, Auburn has won nine out of 14 meetings since it became a home-and-home series in 2000.

Bowl history[edit]

Auburn football teams have been invited to participate in 38 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 faced #1 Florida State in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California on January 6, 2014. They lost by a score of 34-31. It was the Tigers' second BCS Championship appearance in four years.

W/LDatePFOpponentPABowl
T01-01-19377Villanova7Bacardi Bowl
W01-01-19386Michigan State0Orange 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 State13Sugar Bowl
W01-01-199031Ohio State14Hall of Fame Bowl
W12-29-199027Indiana23Peach Bowl
L01-01-199614Penn State43Outback Bowl
W12-31-199632Army29Independence Bowl
W01-02-199821Clemson17Peach Bowl
L01-01-200128Michigan31Florida Citrus Bowl
L12-31-200110North Carolina16Peach Bowl
W01-01-200313Penn State9Capital 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
L01-06-201431Florida State34BCS National Championship Game

Future schedules[edit]

Auburn is scheduled to play the following non-conference opponents in future seasons:[43]

20142015
vs. San Jose Statevs. Louisville (Atlanta)
at Kansas Statevs. Jacksonville State
vs. Louisiana Techvs. Idaho
vs. Samfordvs. San Jose State

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