New Champion Of Old Times? Auburn’s 2004 Football Team

Auburn 2004 Football Champions - BCS Poll 2
Auburn 2004 Football Champions - BCS Poll 2

2004 Auburn Tigers

I don’t need to remind any Auburn fans of what happened back in the 2004 season. For everybody else, here is a snapshot of their schedule that year:

Auburn 2004 Football SeasonLouisiana-Monroe – 9/4 – W 31-0
Auburn 2004 Football Season@ Mississippi State – 9/11 – W 43-14
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonLSU – 9/18 – W 10-9
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonCitadel – 9/25 – W 33-3
Auburn 2004 Football Season@ Tennessee – 10/2 – W 34-10
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonLouisiana Tech – 10/9 – W 52-7
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonArkansas – 10/16 – W 38-20
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonKentucky – 10/23 – W 42-10
Auburn 2004 Football Season@ Ole Miss – 10/30 – W 35-14
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonGeorgia – 11/13 – W 24-6
Auburn 2004 Football Season@ Alabama – 11/20 – W 21-13
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonTennessee (SEC Championship) – 12/4 – W 38-28
Auburn 2004 Football SeasonVirginia Tech (Sugar Bowl) – 1/3 – W 16-13

Auburn Tigers Football 2004 Season

Jason Campbell

Auburn finished the season with a 13-0 record. They were not invited to the national championship game and beat Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. There was an uproar about the BCS for a while. End of the story until this year:

On June 10, the NCAA vacated 14 victories from USC’s 2004 and 2005 seasons as part of the penalties stemming from the Reggie Bush investigation. Bush essentially competed while ineligible for two seasons because he had taken money and benefits from marketers trying to win him as client when he turned pro.

Because the NCAA doesn’t stage a championship in Division I-A football, it does not control postseason football. The BCS began in 1998 as a way to streamline college football’s national championship race. Human and computer formulas are used to determine the top two teams to play for the national title each year.

The Associated Press has announced it will not revote the 2004 final poll. However, the Football Writers Association of America is expected to address the issue next week. USC was presented with the association’s Grantland Rice Trophy signifying a national championship that year.

The BCS’ leaders have faced the question of whether to remove USC’s championship for years. The NCAA took four years to flesh out all the details. Last week, incoming USC AD Pat Haden announced that the school will return its copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy to the Heisman Trust. The trust was to have met Tuesday to discuss its own decision on dealing with Bush’s trophy. A Heisman winner has never had his name removed or been asked to return his trophy.

In NCAA language, a “vacation” differs from a forfeiture. Forfeits not only take away wins from offending school but award them to the losing team. Per NCAA rules regarding vacations, USC’s wins and Bush’s records will be removed from all NCAA record books and USC media guides. Also, Pete Carroll’s wins during that period will not count toward his career total.

USC is not appealing to the NCAA to get any of the wins back. It is trying to reduce the two-year postseason ban to one year. (Information in the previous 6 paragraphs pulled from this CBS article)

Tommy Tuberville Speaks

Tommy Tuberville Auburn Tigers Coach 2005

Tommy Tuberville

Former Auburn football coach during the 2004 season, Tommy Tuberville, spoke this week at the Big 12 Media Days event where he now coaches Texas Tech. In the talk, he lobbied for his undefeated 2004 Auburn team to be elevated to national champion in the wake of the USC penalties. “Somebody needs to be national champion from that year,” Tuberville told CBSSports.com. Here is what he said according to this article:

“Why in the world would you not give it to somebody? Oklahoma, us, Utah? It doesn’t make any sense,” Tuberville said. “Everybody played that year. So you give it to a team that wins it on the field – uh oh, they cheated. They broke rules. We’re gonna take it away from ‘em. Well, give it to somebody. Because there’s other teams that did the right things that were there.”

USC and OU were ranked 1-2 all season, and Auburn climbed to No. 3 after starting the preseason at No. 20. The Trojans, with a player the NCAA has determined was ineligible, beat OU 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. Auburn beat Virginia Tech 16-13 in the Sugar Bowl.

The Football Writers Association of America has discussed awarding its 2004-05 Grantland Rice Trophy to Auburn. The AP and BCS both said they wouldn’t revote.

“If USC loses the appeal, the championship will be vacated,” BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday. “The feeling here in the commissioners group is that there was no game. Yeah, most people think Auburn would be the team, but how would they have done against Oklahoma? We don’t know.”

Tommy Tuberville Auburn Tigers Coach 2004

Tommy Tuberville Celebrates

Tuberville said it would suit him to award both Oklahoma and Auburn the title, which Hancock said was unlikely.

“The presidents could decide to do something else,” Hancock said, “but I think it’s most likely they would vacate it and there would be no title that year.”

Keeping the title empty, Tuberville said, is a bad idea. Awarding a split crown to OU and Auburn, on the other hand, is a good idea.

“I think it’d be great. I mean, anything,” Tuberville said. “Then you’re awarding two groups, which is fine. That season is over with and it’s forgotten about. But not by a bunch of fans by three or four schools.

“So give (USC’s) championships back and revote both the BCS and the AP and make a bunch of kids and fans happy. I mean, that’s what this is about.”

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  • Who Auburn BEAT 2004 :

    # 7 Final AP Poll in 2004 Georgia was 10-2 beat 9-3 LSU, beat 7-5 Florida, beat 7-5 Georgia tek, lost to 10-3 Tennessee vols and lost to 13-0 Auburn.

    # 10 Final AP Poll in 2004 Virginia Tech were 10-3 lost to 13-0 Auburn in the Sugar Bowl, beat 9-3 Miami, beat 8-4 Virginia, beat 7-5 Georgia tek and beat 8-4 West Virginia.

    # 13 Final AP Poll in 2004 Tennessee vols were 10-3 losing to 13-0 Auburn

    # 13 Final AP Poll in 2004 Tennessee vols were 10-3 losing to 13-0 Auburn twice, but beat 10-2 Georgia.

    # 16 Final AP Poll in 2004 LSU was 9-3 losing to 13-0 Auburn

    Southern California in 2004 WAS ranked # 1 Final AP Poll and Auburn was ranked # 2 in the Final AP Poll.

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    Auburn WON 5 games against Top 16 Final AP Poll teams in 2004.

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    Who Southern California beat 2004 :

    No one.

  • I couldnt agree more. I believe auburn was robbed of a chance ONLY because they played/scheduled the citadel? Thats not really a reason to not give them a chance.

    The Sooners against top 25 teams (Won all 3)

    Texas #6
    Texas Tech #20
    USC #1

    The Trojans against top 25 teams (Won all 3)

    California #7
    Arizona State #15
    Oklahoma #2

    The Tigers against top 25 teams (Won all 5)

    LSU #5
    Tennessee #10 & #15 (Beat them twice)
    Georgia #8
    Virginia Tech #9

    Its clear that Auburn shouldve gotten the chance.

  • Error – Oklahoma was 2-1 against those teams, Losing to USC in NC

    So OU was 2-1
    USC 3-0
    AU 5-0

  • FOOTBALL TEAMS AND PLAYERS THAT PLAY BY THE RULES AND DO NOT CHEAT SHOULD BE REWARDED FOR THEIR EFFORTS! THE AUBURN PLAYERS ON THAT GREAT AUBURN TEAM SHOULD BE REWARDED FOR THEIR EFFORT. THEY PLAYED THEIR HEARTS OUT KNOWING THAT THEY WERE PROBABLE GOING TO BE LOCKED OUT OF THE NAT CHAMP GAME AND YET THE PLAYED WITH TOTAL DEVOTION AND DETERMINATION AND STILL WON. ACTUALLY WHEN AUBURN FELT THEY MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE TO MAKE IT INTO THE TITLE GAME, THEY BLEW A VERY GOOD GEORGIA TEAM COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WATER 24-6. THEN, EVEN WHEN THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL, THEY STILL DEFEATED ALABAMA IN BRYANT DENNY AND TENNESSEE IN THE SEC CHAMP GAME AND THE ACC CHAMPS VIRGINIA TECH IN THE SUGAR. THIS WHILE KNOWING THEY HAD BEEN DELIBERATLY SHUT OUT OF THAT GAME, THEY STILL WON ALL THEIR GAMES. AND NOW, WE HAVE PROOF THAT USC PLAYED AND INELGIBLE PLAYER- HAD THE TITLE REMOVED AND STILL AUBURN IS SNUBBED!! WHY. IF WOULD MEAN SO MUCH TO THOSE GUYS AND TO THE AUBURN FAN BASE THAT HAS BEEN LOYAL THRU MANY HARD YEARS. LISTEN GUYS, I HAVE LOVE THIS TEAM, AS MY FAMILY HAS, FOR YEARS. 7 BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE AU GRADS. 3 BROTHERS AND 2 BROTHER IN LAWS WHO WERE WAR WWII WAR HEROS . IN-LAWS THAT MEET AT AUBURN AND MARRIED AND LOVE THAT SCHOOL. I AM A 68 YR OLD PHARMACIST THAT GRADUATED IN ’65 AND HAVE LIVED TO SEE MY TIGERS WIN A NAT CHAMPIONSHIP! AUBURN DESERVES THAT TITLE FOR DOING IT THE RIGHT WAY. IT WILL BE A CRIME NOT TO REWARD THAT TEAM WITH THE 04 TITLE! AND IT IS SIMPLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO! DO THE RIGHT THING! REWARD EXCELLENCE AND A TEAM THAT WON IT THE RIGHT WAY! STEP UP AND DO THE HONORABLE THING! PLEASE DO THIS FOR ALL THE AUBURN FAMILY THAT FEELS THEY WERE CHEATED AND NOW BEING CHEATED AGAIN! SINCERELY, WILLIAM MADDOX, VALDOSTA, GA 31602