NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: SEC (1933).
Past Conferences: Independent (1892–1894). SIAA (1895–1920). SoCon (1921–1932).
City: Auburn, Alabama
Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium
National Championships: 6 (2 claimed, 4 unclaimed).
Conference Titles: 16
Divisional Championships: 10
The Auburn Tigers began playing football in 1892. John Heisman was the Tigers’ first coach from 1895-1899. The Heisman trophy is named after him. Auburn was in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference until moving to the Southern Conference in 1921, then to the SEC in 1933. The Tigers had only five winning seasons from 1933 until 1951.
In 1951, Ralph “Shug” Jordan was named head coach. Jordan started slowly with back-to-back losing records in his first two seasons. In his third season, the Tigers would finish 7-3-1. The year 1957 was his most successful one, as the Tigers finished with a perfect 10-0 record and won their first SEC Championship. The 1958 Auburn team went undefeated too, finishing with a 7-0-1 overall record and a 6-0-1 SEC record. Quarterback Pat Sullivan became the first Heisman trophy winner to attend Auburn in 1971. Jordan retired at the end of the 1975 season with a 176–83–7 overall record and a 5-7 bowl record.
Pat Dye took over from 1981-1992. In Dye’s first year, the Tigers went 5-6. They followed that up by going 9-3 in his second year, then 11-1, and an SEC championship in his third year. The Tigers were considered National Champions by multiple outlets.
During that time Tigers running back Bo Jackson was one of the most dominant players in college football. He’s the all-time leading rusher at Auburn and he won the Heisman trophy in 1985. Dye finished his career at Auburn with a 99-39-4 overall record, four SEC championships and a 6-2-1 bowl record.
Firing Bowden, Hiring Tuberville
Terry Bowden took over the job from 1993-1998. In Bowden’s first season the Tigers went 11-0. Auburn was recognized as National Champions but wasn’t allowed to play in a ball game due to sanctions on the university. The Tigers posted a 26-11 record from 1995-1997. Bowden ended his career with two SEC West titles and a 2-1 bowl record. After a 1-5 start to the 1998 season, Bowden was fired.
Tommy Tuberville became head coach in 1998. From 2000-2002, they won or tied for their division title. The year 2004 was perhaps Tuberville’s best season as the Tigers finished 13-0 overall and 8-0 in the SEC. The Tigers won the SEC. Tuberville coached a lot of greats, including second-all-time leading rusher Cadillac Williams. Williams was a crowd favorite. The Tigers finished with a winning record eight times during his ten-year tenure. After the 2008 season, Tuberville’s time at Auburn came to an end. He finished with an 85–40 overall record.
Gene Chizik became head coach in 2009. He started off with three straight winning seasons and three straight bowl wins. None bigger than his second. In 2010, the Tigers, led by quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Cam Newton, went 14-0. The Tigers went on to win the SEC and win the National Championship. Newton had one of the best college football seasons of all time. They year 2011 was productive, but it was nowhere near as productive as 2010. The Tigers finished 8-5 and won the Chick-Fil-A bowl. In 2011, they went 0-8 in SEC play and Chizik was relieved of his duties.
Gus Malzahn became head coach of the Tigers in 2013. The Tigers finished 12-2 and won the SEC in his first season. The Tigers fell to Florida State in the National Championship. Auburn never made it back to the National Championship under Malzahn. However, the Tigers posted winning seasons in each of Malzahn’s eight seasons at the helm. He was let go in 2020.
All Time Records (CFB)
Stan White: 8,016
Jason Campbell: 7,299
Bo Nix: 7,251
Brandon Cox: 6,959
Pat Sullivan: 6,534
Bo Jackson: 4,303
Cadillac Williams: 3,831
James Brooks: 3,523
Joe Cribbs: 3,368
Ben Tate: 3,321
Terry Beasley: 2,624
Tyrone Goodson: 2,283
Karsten Bailey: 2,174
Seth Williams: 2,124
Courtney Taylor: 2,098