Auburn’s football program has hit rough times just a few years after a national championship. In 2011 they regressed to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but last year they didn’t even make a bowl as they went 3-9 including 0-8 in the SEC. Former coach Gene Chizik took much of the blame for a highly talented roster underperforming in such a fashion, and it cost him his job. The offense was anemic last year, going 116th in the nation in passing and 114th in points per game. Few teams had a worse quarterback situation than Auburn, as lead QB Kiehl Frazier was disastrous (53.4% completions, two touchdowns, eight interceptions). Unfortunately he may still be their best option until someone else emerges. Running back Tre Mason is talented (1,002 yards), but he has to work with a horrible offensive line. Auburn also needs help on the soft defensive line, and there are plenty of questions at linebacker too. They have a typically stacked recruiting class for this fall, but they did last year too. It now becomes a question of coaching and finding the right spots to maximize their talent. But if the players take to the new coach’s style, a solution is found at quarterback, and the defensive brings a bit of fire, the Tigers could regain bowl eligibility in 2013.
The Auburn Tigers operate in the SEC West under head coach Gus Malzahn at Jordan Hare Stadium, which holds just over 87,000 fans. They have two national titles, 11 conference titles, and 37 bowl appearances all-time. They have heated rivalries with SEC counterparts Alabama (Iron Bowl), Georgia (Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry), and LSU (Tiger Bowl). The Tigers have had many famous NFL players throughout the years; however, currently the most notable include: Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell; Miami Dolphins linebacker, Karlos Dansby; and Carolina Panthers former Heisman Trophy winner, Cam Newton. In 2010 the Tigers won the BCS National Championship game defeating the Oregon Ducks behind Newton. This year the Tigers look to get back to their BCS ways and Gold Coast Tickets does not want you to miss out on the action.