1983 Auburn Tigers football team

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1983 Auburn Tigers football
AuburnTigers.svg
Sugar Bowl Champions
SEC Champions
Sugar Bowl, W 9–7 vs Michigan
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
1983 record 11–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach Pat Dye
Offensive coordinator Jack Crowe
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Frank Orgel
Home stadium Jordan-Hare Stadium
Seasons
« 1982 1984 »
1983 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Auburn 6 0 0     11 1 0
#5 Georgia 5 1 0     10 1 1
#6 Florida 4 2 0     9 2 1
Tennessee 4 2 0     9 3 0
#15 Alabama 4 2 0     8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0     6 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     6 5 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     3 8 0
LSU 0 6 0     4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season. Coached by Pat Dye, the team finished the season with an 11–1 record and won their first SEC title since 1957.

The squad featured several star players who went on to long professional careers including Bo Jackson, Randy Campbell, Tommy Agee, Lionel James, Donnie Humphrey, Steve Wallace and Al Del Greco.

Prior to the season, Pat Dye became the first coach in the Southeastern Conference to require players to take blood and urine tests for drugs.[1] Also prior to the season, fullback Greg Pratt collapsed after making his required time in running tests and died a short time later.

New York Times National Champions[edit]

The team and capped a stellar 11–1 season by beating Michigan in the Sugar Bowl 9–7. 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 as Miami jumped from 5th to claim the AP National Championship award.[2] Auburn had played the toughest schedule in the nation, including eight bowl teams, seven of which were ranked in the top 20 (four in the top ten). The Tigers did finish ranked first in a few polls including the computer rankings utilized by The New York Times.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 Southern Miss* #4 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL W 24–3   73,500
September 17 11:30 AM CDT #3 Texas* #5 Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL CBS L 7–20   73,500
September 24 at Tennessee #11 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 37–14   95,185
October 1 Florida State* #10 Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 27–24   75,625
October 8 at Kentucky #7 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY W 49–21   57,989
October 15 at Georgia Tech* #5 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 31–13   55,112
October 22 Mississippi State #5 Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 28–13   71,500
October 29 #5 Florida #4 Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 28–21   75,700
November 5 #7 Maryland* #3 Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL W 35–23   75,600
November 12 2:50 PM CST at #4 Georgia #3 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) ABC W 13–7   82,122
December 3 2:50 PM CST vs. #19 Alabama #3 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Iron Bowl) ABC W 23–20   77,310
January 2, 1984 7:00 PM CST vs. #8 Michigan* #3 Louisiana SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC W 9–7   77,893
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Auburn Testing Players for Drugs". New York Times. 1983-08-22. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ a b Barnhart, Tony. "Auburn Wins 1984 Sugar Bowl, but National Championship Still Eludes Tigers". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/CBS. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  3. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=330&season=1983