AUBURN, Ala. — Two of the most revered Auburn teams of the past quarter century will be honored in on-field ceremonies this season.
The 2004 Tigers, who went 13-0 and won the SEC championship, will be celebrated prior to Auburn's game versus San Jose State on Sept. 6. Ten years ago, the Tommy Tuberville-coached squad became only the sixth team in Auburn history to finish a season unbeaten. The Tigers averaged 32.1 points per game while giving up only 11.3 per contest; as a sign of their dominance, only three games (LSU, Alabama and Virginia Tech) were decided by single digits.
But despite going 12-0 in the regular season and knocking off Tennessee 38-28 in the SEC championship game, Auburn was shut out of the BCS title contest in favor of Southern California and Oklahoma. (The Trojans went on to demolish the Sooners 55-19 in the Orange Bowl in one of the most lopsided championship games in history.) Auburn finished No. 2 in both the Associated Press and coaches polls after beating Virginia Tech the Sugar Bowl.
Four players from that team — quarterback Jason Campbell, running backs Ronnie Brown and Carnell "Cadillac" Williams and corner Carlos Rogers — went on to be selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Williams and Rogers along with offensive lineman Marcus McNeill and defensive back Junior Rosegreen were named All-Americans that season.
The 1989 team will also be honored this fall.
That year, the Tigers gave coach Pat Dye his final SEC title (and third in a row) after finishing with a 10-2 record. The only two losses Auburn suffered came by less than eight points, both on the road: 21-14 to No. 12 Tennessee in Knoxville and 22-14 to No. 14 Florida State in Tallahassee. The Tigers ended on a five-game winning streak, capped by a 31-14 victory against Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Tampa, Fla.
Offensive guard Ed King and outside linebacker Craig Ogletree earned All-American honors for the 1989 campaign.
Aside from honoring the two SEC champion squads, Auburn has been granted a waiver from the conference to allow fans on the field following its game versus Samford on Nov. 22.
Once players and coaches depart the field, fans will be allowed to walk on the field and take photos.
The announcements were made as part of a release from Auburn's athletic department on Wednesday. Other changes in the works for game days this fall can be found on here.