Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 2010 Auburn Tigers

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SEC’s BCS Championship Teams:

#4 SEC BCS Championship team

2010 Auburn Tigers 14-0

Head coach: Gene Chizik
Offensive coordinator: Gus Malzahn
Defensive coordinator: Ted Roof
Average margin of victory: 17.1 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 92-62 (.597)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (7): #3 Oregon, #8 LSU, #10 Alabama, #12 Arkansas, #15 Mississippi State, #22 South Carolina (twice)
Key stats: 41.2 PPG offense (#7 CFB), 24.1 PPG defense (#53 CFB)
1st and 2nd round draft picks: Cam Newton (1st), Nick Fairley (1st)

Team buzz: 2010 Auburn defied all the odds for SEC teams in championship games. They didn’t look like an SEC Champion because they scored over 40 points per game and had the 53rd best scoring defense in the country. Yet, they beat college football’s best offensive team in Oregon and held them to just 19 points.

Several are quick to discount this team, or say they weren’t as good as perceived. But the fact remains — Auburn had the most dominant player in the country and one of the most dominant players in the BCS era in Cam Newton. But you can’t talk about Newton without talking about DT Nick Fairley and his disruptive presence. That just doesn’t happen. The Tigers beat seven ranked teams en route to win a championship. That’s incredible, and they did it without a blemish on their record.

Newton plowed Auburn all the way to Glendale, and he willed them to victory in multiple games, including the epic come-from-behind win in Tuscaloosa, that would ultimately define his legacy. His 51 touchdowns were monumental, and this Auburn team, led by Newton and Fairley, could take on any BCS titan.

Team Schedule

Sept. 4: Auburn 52, Arkansas State 26 (Auburn)
Sept. 9: Auburn 17, Mississippi State 14 (Starkville)
Sept. 18: Auburn 27, Clemson 24 (Auburn)
Sept. 25: Auburn 35, #12 South Carolina 27 (Auburn)
Oct. 2: Auburn 52, UL Monroe 3 (Auburn)
Oct. 9: Auburn 37, Kentucky 34 (Lexington)
Oct. 16: Auburn 65, #12 Arkansas 43 (Auburn)
Oct. 23: Auburn 24, #6 LSU 17 (Auburn)
Oct. 30: Auburn 51, Ole Miss 31 (Oxford)
Nov. 6: Auburn 62, Tennessee-Chattanooga 24 (Auburn)
Nov. 13: Auburn 28, #9 Alabama 27 (Tuscaloosa)
Dec. 4: Auburn 56, #18 South Carolina 17 (SEC CG, Atlanta)
Jan. 10: Auburn 22, #2 Oregon 19 (BCS CG, Glendale)

Offensive starters

  • QB Cam Newton
  • RB Michael Dyer
  • HB Phillip Lutzenkirchen
  • HB Eric Smith
  • WR Kodi Burns
  • WR Terrell Zachary
  • LT Lee Ziemba
  • LG Mike Berry
  • C Ryan Pugh
  • RG Byron Isom
  • RT Brandon Mosley

Defensive starters

  • DE Antione Carter
  • DT Zach Clayton
  • DT Nick Fairley
  • DE Nosa Eguae
  • OLB Craig Stevens
  • MLB Josh Bynes
  • CB Demond Washington
  • CB T’Sharvan Bell
  • CB Neiko Thorpe
  • S Zac Etheridge
  • S Mike McNeil

Photo Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

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