When toe meets leather on August 31 inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Auburn Tigers will hold claim to the SEC's longest conference losing streak, at 10 games.
The 2010 BCS National Champions have plummeted from college football's mountain top in historical fashion.
After a 3-9 campaign in 2012, Gene Chizik was fired as Auburn's head coach and replaced by the offensive architect of the championship season, Gus Malzahn.
Since Malzahn was hired in early December, he has stopped the bleeding of the Auburn football program by putting together a staff of proven developers and top-notch recruiters. He also landed a borderline top-10 recruiting class after being on the job for only two months.
With the doldrums of winter finally behind us and spring on the horizon, the Tigers are going through offseason workouts in preparation for spring practice, which beings on March 27.
In true hurry-up fashion, Auburn's 15 spring practices will conclude at Auburn's annual A-day game just three weeks later on April 20 inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn begins its season on August 31 against Washington State and the Tigers will be home for eight games. They travel to LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Before spring practice gets started, let's do a way-too-early game-by-game prediction for the 2013 season.
Will it really be a "new day" on the Plains in 2013?