2017 Auburn Tigers football team

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2017 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
SEC Western Division co-champion
Peach Bowl, L 27–34 vs. UCF
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 10
Record10–4 (7–1 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorChip Lindsey (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorKodi Burns (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorKevin Steele (2nd season)
Home stadiumJordan Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
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2017 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Georgia x$^   7 1     13 2  
South Carolina   5 3     9 4  
Kentucky   4 4     7 6  
Missouri   4 4     7 6  
Florida   3 5     4 7  
Vanderbilt   1 7     5 7  
Tennessee   0 8     4 8  
West Division
No. 10 Auburn xy   7 1     10 4  
No. 1 Alabama x#^   7 1     13 1  
No. 18 LSU   6 2     9 4  
No. 19 Mississippi State   4 4     9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4     7 6  
Ole Miss*   3 5     6 6  
Arkansas   1 7     4 8  
Championship: Georgia 28, Auburn 7
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • * Ole Miss ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers played their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by fifth-year head coach Gus Malzahn. Auburn finished the season 10–4 overall and 7–1 in SEC play to win a share of the Western Division title with Alabama. Due to their head-to-head win over Alabama, they represented the Western Division in the SEC Championship Game where they lost to Georgia. They were invited to the Peach Bowl, where they lost to American Athletic Conference champion UCF.


Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR


The Tigers signed a total of 23 recruits.


Auburn's 2017 schedule was announced on September 13, 2016. It consisted of 7 home games and 5 away games in the regular season. Auburn hosted SEC opponents Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss, and the Tigers traveled to Arkansas, LSU, Missouri, and Texas A&M.[1] The Tigers hosted three of their four non–conference games: Mercer from the Southern Conference and Georgia Southern and Louisiana–Monroe, both from the Sun Belt Conference. Auburn traveled to Clemson of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Auburn had seven home games during this season because it was playing non-conference Clemson on the road, a return date for Clemson's visit to Jordan–Hare in 2016.

September 26:30 p.m.Georgia Southern*No. 12SECNW 41–787,451
September 96:00 p.m.at No. 3 Clemson*No. 13ESPNL 6–1481,799
September 163:00 p.m.Mercer*daggerNo. 15
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECNW 24–1087,033
September 236:30 p.m.at MissouriNo. 15ESPNUW 51–1454,574
September 305:00 p.m.No. 24 Mississippi StateNo. 13
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
ESPNW 49–1086,901
October 711:00 a.m.Ole MissNo. 12
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL (rivalry)
SECNW 44–2386,700
October 142:30 p.m.at LSUNo. 10CBSL 23–27101,601
October 216:30 p.m.at ArkansasNo. 21SECNW 52–2071,961
November 411:00 a.m.at Texas A&MNo. 14ESPNW 42–27100,257
November 112:30 p.m.No. 1 GeorgiaNo. 10
CBSW 40–1787,451
November 1811:00 a.m.Louisiana–Monroe*No. 6
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
ESPN2W 42–1482,133
November 252:30 p.m.No. 1 AlabamaNo. 6
CBSW 26–1487,451
December 23:00 p.m.vs. No. 6 GeorgiaNo. 2CBSL 7–2876,534
January 111:30 a.m.vs. No. 12 UCF*No. 7
ESPNL 27–3471,109
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[2]

Game Notes[edit]

Georgia Southern[edit]

Georgia Southern Eagles at #12 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Georgia Southern 7 0 007
#12 Auburn 10 14 10741

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 2, 2017
  • Game time: 6:39 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85° • Wind: NW4 • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (sideline reporter)
Game information

Auburn opened the season against Georgia Southern. Prior to this meeting, the two teams had only met once, a 32–17 victory for Auburn in the 1991 season. Auburn suspended QB Sean White, RB Kamryn Pettway, and WR Kyle Davis prior to this game. The Tigers struggled on offense early, turning the ball over 3 times in the first half. However, in the second half the Tigers started to find their rhythm. On defense, however, the Tigers never struggled. The Tigers held the Eagles to 78 yards and no third down conversions on 15 attempts and allowed no points (the only Georgia Southern score was a fumble return). Auburn now leads the all-time series 2–0 and has never lost to a Sun Belt Conference team (26–0).


#13 Auburn Tigers at #3 Clemson Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#13 Auburn 3 3 006
#3 Clemson 0 7 7014

at Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina

  • Date: September 9, 2017
  • Game time: 6:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 75° • Wind: ENE 9 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance: 81,799
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Todd McShay (sideline reporter)
Game information

Auburn had one of their worst offensive performances in recent memory in a 14–6 loss at the defending national champions, Clemson. The Tigers only mustered 117 yards of offense. The offensive line allowed 11 sacks on the night, one short of the Clemson record of 12 in a game. The defense was a bright spot, though, as Auburn held Clemson to its lowest point total since November 15, 2014 and stopped Clemson's run game effectively, though Clemson was able to convert on third down many times due to the passing game. The Tigers' 6 points were the fewest since they were shut out at Alabama in 2012.


Mercer Bears at #15 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Mercer 0 3 0710
#15 Auburn 7 3 7724

at Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 16, 2017
  • Game time: 3:01 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85° • Wind: 4 mph NE • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 87,033
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SEC Network Alternate): Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Brian Kinchen (analyst), Gabe Gross (sideline reporter)
Game information

The third game of the season was against the Mercer Bears. It was Auburn's first game against Mercer since the 1922 season. Many people expected it to be a blowout, but Mercer kept it close throughout the game. Auburn's offense performed much better than the previous game, totaling 510 yards, and quarterback Jarrett Stidham had his best game completing 32 of 37 passes for 364 yards, which was the second most completions thrown by an Auburn quarterback in a game, only behind Patrick Nix against Arkansas in 1995. Turnovers, however, plagued the offense, which committed 5 turnovers, including 4 fumbles (2 of which were in the red zone). The defense once again played well, holding the Bears to just 10 points, just 246 total yards, and only 3.7 yards per play.


#15 Auburn Tigers at Missouri Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#15 Auburn 14 17 17351
Missouri 0 7 0714

at Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri

  • Date: September 23, 2017
  • Game time: 6:35 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 82° • Wind: S 10–15 • Weather: Warm
  • Game attendance: 54,574
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mark Neely (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst)
Game information

The fourth game of the season was the first conference game for Auburn. In their most complete performance of the year, the visiting Tigers routed Missouri 51–14. Kerryon Johnson, in his first game back from an injury sustained in the first game, rushed for 5 touchdowns, one off the Auburn single game record of 6 held by Cadillac Williams. Daniel Carlson, after some early season struggles, made 3 field goals, including 2 from longer than 50 yards. It was Auburn's first game ever in the state of Missouri.

Mississippi State[edit]

#24 Mississippi State Bulldogs at #13 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#24 Mississippi State 3 7 0010
#13 Auburn 14 7 72149

at Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Game time: 5:01 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81° • Wind: 7 mph E • Weather: Partly sunny
  • Game attendance: 86,901
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Brian Griese (analyst), Todd McShay (sideline reporter)
Game information

In the fifth game of the season, it was a battle of teams in the top 25 as Auburn came in ranked #13 and Mississippi State was ranked #24. The Tigers dominated from the start, scoring a touchdown on their opening possession. After a Jarrett Stidham fumble, Mississippi State scored a field goal. However, Auburn used the long pass effectively, using it to set up their next touchdown and scoring their 3rd touchdown on a long pass. At halftime, it was Auburn 21, Mississippi State 10. Auburn then shut out Mississippi State out in the 2nd half and scored 4 more times, giving them a 49–10 victory. In this game, Mississippi State had 7 false start penalties, which coach Gus Malzahn credited to the nearly 87 thousand fans in attendance. Also in this game, Daniel Carlson set the SEC record for most consecutive extra points made with 162 in a row.

Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss Rebels at #12 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ole Miss 3 0 71323
#12 Auburn 14 21 6344

at Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: October 7, 2017
  • Game time: 11:01 a.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 84° • Wind: 8 mph SE • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 86,700
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (sideline reporter)
Game information

The sixth game of the season was a home game against Ole Miss. Ole Miss received the opening kickoff. The Rebels drove down the field but the Auburn defense forced them to a field goal attempt which hit the upright and fell no good. The Tigers then drove down the field and scored on their first drive. The Tigers then allowed a field goal, but scored 4 more touchdowns for the 35–3 halftime lead. In the second half, the Tigers played more sloppily, but won going away 44–23. This was the first game of the season that Auburn allowed more than 14 points. Also, Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson became the SEC's all-time leading scorer after scoring his 413th point, breaking the record of 412 held by Georgia's Blair Walsh.


#10 Auburn Tigers at LSU Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#10 Auburn 17 6 0023
LSU 0 14 01327

at Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Date: October 14, 2017
  • Game time: 2:39 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 90° • Wind: ESE 9 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 101,601
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
Game information

After building a 20–0 lead, Auburn was stunned by LSU as they allowed the Fighting Tigers to go on a 27–3 scoring run and fell 27–23. The Auburn Tigers came into the game ranked in the top 10, but the unranked LSU Tigers prevailed. Jarrett Stidham had one of the worst games of his career after a hot start. He had completed 7 of 8 passes to begin the game, he only completed 2 more the remainder of the game, although his receivers had many drops during the game. The key plays for the LSU comeback were a dropped interception by Auburn's Daniel Thomas, which lead to an LSU touchdown later in the drive, and a punt return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to cut Auburn's lead to 23–21. The Auburn Tigers only had 73 yards of offense the entire second half, which was a big part of the loss.


#21 Auburn Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#21 Auburn 10 7 28752
Arkansas 3 3 7720

at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas

  • Date: October 21, 2017
  • Game time: 6:39 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 74° • Wind: SE 10 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 71,961
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (sideline reporter)
Game information

In the eighth game of the season, Auburn became bowl eligible with their sixth win of the year, a dominating 52–20 victory over Arkansas. The Tigers started fast on offense scoring on their first two drives. The defense started slow, but improved as the game went on, only allowing 13 points, only 6 of which were allowed by the first team (Arkansas scored on a kickoff return for an additional touchdown that was not allowed by the defense). It was only the second time Auburn had won at Arkansas since 2009. The key play came late in the first half when Arkansas fumbled a punt which was recovered by Auburn. The Tigers scored on the ensuing drive to make their lead 17–3 and shift the momentum of the game. This was the second game of a three-game road stretch for the Tigers, as they preceded this game with a loss at LSU, and a game at Texas A&M after a bye week followed this game. This was the Tigers' fourth SEC victory of the season, as well as the fourth SEC game they won by at least 20 points and the fourth time they scored 40 or more points in an SEC contest.

Texas A&M[edit]

#16 Auburn Tigers at Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#16 Auburn 0 21 14742
Texas A&M 3 10 7727

at Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas

  • Date: November 4, 2017
  • Game time: 11:03 a.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76° • Wind: 9 mph S • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 100,257
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Anthony Becht (analyst), Rocky Boiman (sideline reporter)
Game information

After a bye week, Auburn concluded a 3-game road stretch with their final road game of the year, a trip to Texas A&M. The Tigers claimed a 42–27 victory over the Aggies. Kicker Daniel Carlson had unusual struggles, having two kicks blocked, both long attempts (49 and 52 yard attempts). Also, the Tigers blocked a Texas A&M punt and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown, the first blocked punt for Auburn since 2013, and first blocked punt recovered for a touchdown since 2006. Jarrett Stidham had a great day passing completing 20 of 27 attempts for 268 yards. After Kamryn Pettway was ruled out with a broken bone, Kerryon Johnson had to carry the ball more than usual and gained 145 yards.


#2 Georgia Bulldogs at #10 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Georgia 7 0 3717
#10 Auburn 6 10 141040

at Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 11, 2017
  • Game time: 2:46 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 55° • Wind: 8 mph E • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
Game information

In the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, Auburn defeated previously undefeated Georgia handily, winning by a final score of 40–17. The Tigers held the dominant run attack of Georgia to 46 total yards and had 4 sacks of Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. Kerryon Johnson had 167 rushing yards against a powerful Georgia rush defense, which put him over 1,000 yards for the year. Jarrett Stidham was also impressive, completing 16 of his 23 pass attempts for 214 yards. Daniel Carlson, after going 0 for 2 on field goals last week, had 4 good field goal attempts becoming the SEC's all-time leader in made field goals. This was Auburn's eighth win of the year, and their first victory over Georgia since 2013.


Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks at #6 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Louisiana–Monroe 7 0 0714
#6 Auburn 7 7 141442

at Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 18, 2017
  • Game time: 11:01 a.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65° • Wind: 13 mph S • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 82,133
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Jason Benetti (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst), Kris Budden (sideline reporter)
Game information

The eleventh game of the year was a tune-up game for the following week's Iron Bowl. However, the Tigers struggled early, being tied with ULM for most of the first half and only leading 14–7 at halftime. The Tigers stepped it up in the second half, outscoring the Warhawks in that period 28–7. The Tigers also struggled with injuries with many key players, such as Jeff Holland, Austin Golson, and Tre Williams going down during the game, though some injured players returned. This was Auburn 9th win of the year, their most since 2013 (the Tigers had 8 wins twice since then and 7 wins once). This also assured the following week's Iron Bowl would match up two top ten teams with the SEC Western Division championship on the line.


#1 Alabama Crimson Tide at #6 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#1 Alabama 0 7 7014
#6 Auburn 7 3 10626

at Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 25, 2017
  • Game time: 2:41 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63° • Wind: 6 mph W • Weather: Mostly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
Game information

The final game of the regular season was the annual Iron Bowl game against Alabama, with a trip to the SEC Championship on the line. The Tigers struck first as Kerryon Johnson took a direct snap and completed a jump pass to Nate Craig-Myers. The Crimson Tide responded with a long touchdown pass of their own. The Tigers went ahead at the end of the first half with a field goal from Daniel Carlson to go into halftime with a 10–7 lead. Alabama had a long, quick drive to begin the second half and scored to go ahead 14–10. Auburn responded with another field goal to cut it to 14–13. Auburn then scored twice more and stopped Alabama on fourth down three times to win 26–14. Kerryon Johnson suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth quarter, and his backup, Kam Martin, twisted an ankle while playing for him. Ryan Davis also set the Auburn record for receptions in a single season in this game. The Tigers won the SEC West, and advanced to the SEC Championship Game against SEC East winner Georgia, whom Auburn defeated 40–17 earlier this season.


2017 SEC Championship Game
#6 Georgia Bulldogs vs. #4 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#6 Georgia 0 10 31528
#4 Auburn 7 0 007

at Mercedes–Benz StadiumAtlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 2, 2017
  • Game time: 3:12 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 76,534
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Allie LaForce (sideline reporter)
Game information

The Tigers clinched a berth in the SEC Championship Game with their victory over Alabama. The Tigers played Georgia for the second time this season, after defeating the Bulldogs 40–17 on November 11. It was Auburn's sixth appearance in the SEC Championship, going 3–2 with losses to Tennessee in 1997 and Florida in 2000, and victories over Tennessee in 2004, South Carolina in 2010, and Missouri in 2013. It was also the first SEC Championship Game held in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium after the Georgia Dome was demolished the week before. Despite beating #1 Georgia three weeks prior to the SEC championship, Georgia defeated Auburn 28–7, earning them a spot in the CFP Semifinal Rose Bowl at the #3 spot, where they will play #2 Oklahoma. Although they beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl, costing Alabama an undefeated season and a trip to the SEC Championship, Alabama was still selected to play #1 Clemson in the CFP Semifinal in the Sugar Bowl.


2018 Peach Bowl
#10 UCF Knights vs. #7 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#10 UCF 0 13 71434
#7 Auburn 3 3 14727

at Mercedes–Benz Stadium • Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: January 1, 2018
  • Game time: 11:30 a.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 71,109
  • Referee: Brandon Cruse
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Allison Williams (sideline reporter)
Game information

For their 10 win season, Auburn was chosen by the College Football Playoff committee to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. It is Auburn's second appearance in a CFP New Year's Six bowl, after the 2017 Sugar Bowl to follow the 2016 season. It is also Auburn's fourth meeting with UCF, with the Tigers winning the previous three from 1997–1999. Auburn will be making their sixth appearance in the Peach Bowl, and their first since 2011, when they defeated Virginia. Overall, the Tigers are 4–1 in the Peach Bowl, with victories over Indiana in 1990, Clemson in 1997, Clemson in 2007, and Virginia in 2011. Their only loss came against North Carolina in 2001. It is the 50th anniversary of the Peach Bowl. Coincidentally, Auburn also played in the 50th anniversary games of the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl Classic as well.


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
( ) = First place votes.
Coaches1313171615131121191510664 (4) 812
CFPNot released14106627Not released

Players in the 2018 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Braden Smith G 2 37 Indianapolis Colts
Kerryon Johnson RB 2 43 Detroit Lions
Carlton Davis CB 2 63 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Daniel Carlson K 5 167 Minnesota Vikings


  1. ^ "AUBURN IN 2017: FIVE ON ROAD; GEORGIA, ALABAMA AT HOME" (Press release). Auburn University Department of Athletics. September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "2017 Auburn Tigers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved September 13, 2016.