2019 Auburn Tigers football team

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2019 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 11
CFPNo. 11
2019 record9–3 (5–3 SEC)
Head coachGus Malzahn (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorKenny Dillingham (1st season)
Co-offensive coordinatorKodi Burns (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorKevin Steele (4th season)
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         11 1  
No. 9 Florida   6 2         10 2  
Tennessee   5 3         7 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
Missouri*   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 2 LSU x   8 0         12 0  
No. 12 Alabama   6 2         10 2  
No. 11 Auburn   5 3         9 3  
Texas A&M   4 4         7 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 6  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Georgia vs. LSU
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Missouri ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
As of December 6, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Auburn Tigers football team represent Auburn University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers play their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama and compete in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are led by seventh-year head coach Gus Malzahn.

Previous season[edit]

The Tigers finished the 2018 season 8–5, 3–5. They were invited to the Music City Bowl where they defeated Purdue 63–14 to become the Music City Bowl champions.

Offseason[edit]

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

Offseason departures[edit]

Three Auburn players with remaining eligibility declared early for the 2019 NFL Draft. In addition, 17 seniors from the 2018 team graduated.

Recruits[edit]

The Tigers signed a total of 21 recruits.

Returning starters[edit]

Spring game[edit]

The A-Day spring game was held on Saturday, April 13. The Orange Team (first team) defeated the Blue Team (second team) 28–10. Both quarterbacks competing for the starting position, Bo Nix and Joey Gatewood, had strong performances. Wide receiver Seth Williams was named Offensive MVP, Derrick Brown was named Defensive MVP, and Anders Carlson was named Special Teams MVP.

2019 Auburn A-Day Game
1 2 34Total
Orange 7 21 0028
Blue 10 0 0010

at Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

Preseason[edit]

Award watch lists[edit]

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[2] Derrick Brown DT SR
Bednarik Award[3] Derrick Brown DT SR
Doak Walker Award[4] Kam Martin RB SR
Rimington Trophy[5] Kaleb Kim C SR
Outland Trophy[6] Derrick Brown DT SR
Prince Tega Wanogho DT SR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[7] Derrick Brown DT SR
Nick Coe LB JR
Dodd Trophy[8] Gus Malzahn HC --
Paul Hornung Award[9] Noah Igbinoghene CB SO
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[10] Kam Martin RB SR
Ted Hendricks Award[11] Nick Coe LB JR
Marlon Davidson DE SR

SEC media poll[edit]

The SEC media poll was released on July 19, 2019 with the Tigers predicted to finish in fourth place in the West Division.[12]

Preseason All-SEC teams[edit]

The Tigers had eight players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams[13].

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:30 p.m.vs. No. 11 Oregon*No. 16ABCW 27–2160,662
September 76:30 p.m.Tulane*No. 10ESPN2W 24–685,317
September 146:00 p.m.Kent State*daggerNo. 8
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
ESPN2W 55–1684,542
September 212:30 p.m.at No. 17 Texas A&MNo. 8CBSW 28–20101,681
September 286:00 p.m.Mississippi StateNo. 7
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
ESPNW 56–2387,451
October 52:30 p.m.at No. 10 FloridaNo. 7CBSL 13–2490,584
October 1911:00 a.m.at ArkansasNo. 11SECNW 51–1054,619
October 262:30 p.m.at No. 2 LSUNo. 9CBSL 20–23102,160
November 26:00 p.m.Ole MissNo. 11
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL (rivalry)
ESPNW 20–1487,457
November 162:30 p.m.No. 4 GeorgiaNo. 12
CBSL 14–2187,451
November 2311:00 a.m.Samford*No. 15
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECNW 52–080,692
November 302:30 p.m.No. 5 AlabamaNo. 15
CBSW 48–4587,451
Schedule Source:[14]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Alma mater Year entering
Gus Malzahn Head Coach Henderson State 7th
Rodney Garner Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Auburn 5th
Kevin Steele Defensive Coordinator Tennessee 4th
Kenny Dillingham Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Arizona State 1st
Kodi Burns Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Auburn 2nd
Wesley McGriff Secondary Coach Savannah State 2nd
Travis Williams Linebackers Coach Auburn 2nd
Larry Porter Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator Memphis 1st
Cadillac Williams Running Backs Coach Auburn 1st
J.B. Grimes Offensive Line Coach Hamilton College 2nd
Ryan Russell Strength Coach West Liberty State 5th

Game summaries[edit]

vs. Oregon[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2011 BCS NCG W, 22–19
2019 Advocare Classic
#11 Oregon Ducks vs. #16 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 11 Oregon 14 0 7021
No. 16 Auburn 3 3 71427

at AT&T StadiumArlington, Texas

  • Date: August 31, 2019
  • Game time: 6:44 p.m.
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance: 60,662
  • Referee: Reggie Smith
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor (sideline reporter)
Game information

Tulane[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–17–6 2006 W, 38–13
Tulane Green Wave at #10 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Tulane 3 3 006
No. 10 Auburn 0 14 7324

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 7, 2019
  • Game time: 6:35 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 89° • Wind: NW 4 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 85,317
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Jason Benetti (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (analyst), Quint Kessenich (sideline reporter)
Game information

Kent State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting
Kent State Golden Flashes at #8 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Kent State 3 7 0616
No. 8 Auburn 14 10 141755

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 14, 2019
  • Game time: 6:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 88° • Wind: NE 9 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 84,542
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Ahmad Brooks (analyst), Kris Budden (sideline reporter)
Game information

at Texas A&M[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 2018 W, 28–24
#8 Auburn Tigers at #17 Texas A&M Aggies – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 8 Auburn 14 0 7728
No. 17 Texas A&M 0 3 01720

at Kyle FieldCollege Station, Texas

  • Date: September 21, 2019
  • Game time: 2:41 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 91° • Wind: S/SE 12 • Weather: 54% Humidity
  • Game attendance: 101,681
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (CBS): Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Rick Neuheisel and Aaron Murray (analysts), John Schriffen (sideline reporter)
Game information

Mississippi State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
64–27–2 2018 L, 9–23
Mississippi State Bulldogs at #7 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Mississippi State 6 3 7723
No. 7 Auburn 21 21 7756

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: September 28, 2019
  • Game time: 6:10 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 90° • Wind: NE 5 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
Game information

at Florida[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
43–39–2 2011 W, 17–6
#7 Auburn Tigers at #10 Florida Gators – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 7 Auburn 6 7 0013
No. 10 Florida 7 10 0724

at Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, Florida

  • Date: October 5, 2019
  • Game time: 2:39 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 88° • Wind: ENE 12 • Weather: 54% Humidity, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 90,584
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)
Game information

at Arkansas[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–11–1 2018 W, 34–3
#11 Auburn Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 11 Auburn 17 0 142051
Arkansas 0 0 10010

at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas

  • Date: October 19, 2019
  • Game time: 11:03 a.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56° • Wind: SE 3 mph • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,619
  • Referee: Lee Hedrick
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst), Alyssa Lang (sideline reporter)
Game information

at LSU[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–30–1 2018 L, 21–22
#9 Auburn Tigers at #2 LSU Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 9 Auburn 3 7 3720
No. 2 LSU 0 10 6723

at Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana

  • Date: October 26, 2019
  • Game time: 2:39 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 61° • Wind: W 10 mph • Weather: Cloudy, 77% Humidity
  • Game attendance: 102,160
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)
Game information

Ole Miss[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
32–11 2018 W, 31–16
Ole Miss Rebels at #11 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Ole Miss 0 7 0714
No. 11 Auburn 0 10 10020

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 2, 2019
  • Game time: 6:05 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 55° • Wind: NW 9 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 87,457
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
Game information

Georgia[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
56–59–8 2018 L, 10–27
#4 Georgia Bulldogs at #12 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 4 Georgia 7 7 7021
No. 12 Auburn 0 0 01414

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 16, 2019
  • Game time: 2:45 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 64° • Wind: N 10 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)
Game information

Samford[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
27–0–1 2014 W, 31–7
Samford Bulldogs at #15 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Samford 0 0 000
No. 15 Auburn 7 24 71452

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 23, 2019
  • Game time: 11:06 a.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 65° • Wind: S 11 mph • Weather: Rain
  • Game attendance: 80,692
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst), Alyssa Lang (sideline reporter)
Game information

Alabama[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–46–1 2018 L, 21–52
#5 Alabama Crimson Tide at #15 Auburn Tigers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 5 Alabama 3 28 7745
No. 15 Auburn 7 20 13848

at Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, Alabama

  • Date: November 30, 2019
  • Game time: 2:39 p.m.
  • Game weather: Temperature: 75° • Wind: SW 11 mph • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Jamie Erdahl (sideline reporter)
Game information

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 16 10 8 8 7 7 12 11 9 11 12 13 16 16 11  
Coaches 16 13 9 9 7 7 12 11 10 12 12 13 16 16 12  
CFP Not released 11 12 15 15 11 Not released

References[edit]