2013 W-L: 12-1
Highlight of Season: Everything from October onward
Nobody gave the Tigers a chance in 2013.
To the naysayers’ credit, the team had only won three games last season and gone winless in SEC play. Not to mention, Auburn was breaking in a new coach and returned most of the players from a year ago.
Even after a 3-0 start, not too many were optimistic that the Tigers could keep it up. A loss to LSU, 35-21, in Week 4 was supposed to be the reality check we all saw coming.
Except for the fact that Auburn hasn’t lost since.
Following that loss, the team has put together victories over five Top 25 opponents. That’s a list that includes No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 5 Missouri and No. 1 Alabama.
But even more shocking is the manner in which the Tigers have won some of these games.
In a 43-38 win over No. 25 Georgia on Nov. 16, the team relied on a 73-yard, Hail-Mary touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Marshall on 4th-and-18 with 25 seconds left to win it. Surprisingly, Auburn topped that by returning a missed field goal 106 yards for a score as time expired to stun the Tide the following week.
The next week, the Tigers used a whopping 545 rushing yards to toss aside Missouri, 59-42, in the SEC title game.
With a date with Florida State in the BCS title game on Jan. 6, Auburn’s biggest highlight may still be yet to come.