The Auburn Tigers are among the ranks of college football's most storied programs, and you don't get a seat at that kind of table without earning it. Totaling more than 775 wins with 5 Heisman Trophy winners to its name, it's safe to say that Auburn has.
With countless talents and big moments passing through Auburn for more than a century, here's a look at four of the sweetest and most meaningful wins Auburn football history.
4. The Prayer at Jordan-Hare: No. 25 Georgia vs No. 7 Auburn (2013)
Date: Nov. 16, 2013
Final: Georgia 38 | Auburn 43
The wild way in which the Tigers won Auburn's 2013 meeting with Georgia in the 117th iteration of "The Deep South's Oldest Rivalry" is cause enough to make this list. However, it's really more so the ripple effect of success that unfolded for this 2013 Auburn team that can be traced back to this very win, starting with the fact that had Ricardo Louis not caught that batted deep ball throw into triple coverage on 4th down and returned it for a touchdown, Auburn wouldn't have even been position to win the SEC West with Chris Davis' miraculous "Kick Six" win over Alabama two weeks later, let alone go on to appear in the 2014 BCS National Championship against Florida State.
3. 1984 Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Auburn vs No. 8 Michigan
Date: Nov. 30, 2013
Final: Michigan 7 | Auburn 9
The result of this one might trigger both tough and wonderful memories for some Auburn fans. The Tigers, of course, won it, but only made out with a claimed National Championship to cap off what would be Bo Jackson's most successful season a Tiger, as Miami would be formally recognized as the AP's No. 1 overall team and rightful titleholder in the final poll. Auburn did finish the 1983-84 season as SEC Champions at 11-1 overall, and still have a point in that Auburn was snubbed by the final AP Poll after playing the toughest schedule in the country that year.
2. The Kick Six: No. 1 Alabama vs No. 4 Auburn (2013)
Date: Nov. 30, 2013
Final: Alabama 28 | Auburn 34
While the stakes of the 2013 Iron Bowl weren't quite as colossal as the 1984 Sugar Bowl, just how much this one meant to Auburn fans combined with the way in which the game was won is hard to put into words. Hosting arch-rival and undefeated, defending National Champion No. 1 Alabama at home in Jordan-Hare with an SEC West title on the line, Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Alabama 109 yards for a touchdown right into the Auburn student section's end zone as time expired. Beyond the stars aligning for such a perfect win to hold over Alabama fans, the "Kick Six" will be forever remembered as both one of the greatest Iron Bowls and college football games of all time.
1. 2011 BCS National Championship: No. 2 Oregon vs No. 1 Auburn
Date: Jan. 10, 2011
Final: Oregon 19 | Auburn 22
Auburn may have five National Championship titles claimed to the program's name (1913,1957,1983,1993, 2010), but the Tigers have actually won only a single true National Championship game appearance in school history, and that was the 2010 BCS title game. This one doesn't need much explanation, but 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton led the Tigers to the school's only 14-0 finish with a National Championship to go with it.
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