2018 Auburn Tigers Football Team
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2018 Auburn Tigers Football Team
2018 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
Music City Bowl champion
Music City Bowl, W 63-14 vs. Purdue
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2018 record8-5 (3-5 SEC)
Head coachGus Malzahn (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorChip Lindsey (2nd season)
Co-offensive coordinatorKodi Burns (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorKevin Steele (3rd season)
Home stadiumJordan-Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7? Georgia x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3         10 3  
No. 7? Florida   5 3         10 3  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Missouri   4 4         8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5         6 7  
Tennessee   2 6         5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0         14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3         9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3         10 3  
  4 4         8 5  
Auburn   3 5         8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7         5 7  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers played their home games at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by sixth-year head coach Gus Malzahn. The Tigers finished the season 8-5, 3-5 in SEC play to finish 5th in the West Division. They were invited to the Music City Bowl, where they defeated Purdue.

Previous season

The Tigers finished the 2017 season 10-4, 7-1 in SEC play to win a share of the Western Division title with Alabama. Due to their head-to-head win over Alabama, they represented the Western Division in the SEC Championship Game and lost to Georgia. They were invited to the Peach Bowl where they lost to UCF.

Recruiting

Position key

Recruits

The Tigers signed a total of 24 recruits.

Spring game

The A-Day spring game was held on Saturday, April 7. Bad weather led to the lowest attendance for A-Day in the Gus Malzahn era as head coach, as only 28,033 showed up. The game was dominated by defense, and only 28 total points were scored between the two teams. Many starters did not play or did not see significant time on the field due to the amount of injuries Auburn had already suffered during the spring. For their performances, C.J. Tolbert was named Offensive MVP, Nick Coe was named Defensive MVP, and Anders Carlson was named Special Teams MVP.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Lott Trophy[1] Deshaun Davis LB SR
Chuck Bednarik Award[2] Javaris Davis CB JR
Dontavius Russell DT SR
Maxwell Award[3] Jarrett Stidham QB JR
Davey O'Brien Award[4] Jarrett Stidham QB JR
Fred Biletnikoff Award[5] Ryan Davis WR SR
Butkus Award[6] Deshaun Davis LB SR
Bronko Nagurski Trophy[7] Derrick Brown DL JR
Marlon Davidson DL JR
Outland Trophy[8] Derrick Brown DL JR
Wuerffel Trophy[9] Derrick Brown DL JR
Walter Camp Award[10] Jarrett Stidham QB JR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[11] Jarrett Stidham QB JR
Manning Award[12] Jarrett Stidham QB JR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[13] Jarrett Stidham QB JR

SEC media poll

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Tigers predicted to finish in second place in the West Division.[14]

Media poll (West)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Alabama 1,971 (263)
2 Auburn 1,664 (19)
3 Mississippi State 1,239 (2)
4 Texas A&M 1,091
5 LSU 1,025
6 Ole Miss 578
7 Arkansas 412

Preseason All-SEC teams

The Tigers had nine players selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12:30 p.m.vs. No. 6 Washington*No. 9ABCW 21-1670,103
September 86:30 p.m.Alabama State*No. 7SECNW 63-984,806
September 152:30 p.m.No. 12 LSUNo. 7
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL (rivalry)
CBSL 21-2286,787
September 226:30 p.m.ArkansasNo. 9
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECNW 34-384,188
September 293:00 p.m.Southern Miss*daggerNo. 10
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECNW 24-1383,792
October 66:30 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 8ESPN2L 9-2360,635
October 1311:00 a.m.TennesseeNo. 21
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL (rivalry)
SECNL 24-3084,589
October 2011:00 a.m.at Ole MissESPNW 31-1656,885
November 311:00 a.m.No. 25 Texas A&M
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
ESPNW 28-2485,945
November 106:00 p.m.at No. 5 GeorgiaESPNL 10-2792,746
November 173:00 p.m.Liberty*
  • Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECNW 53-081,129
November 242:30 p.m.at No. 1 AlabamaCBSL 21-52101,821
December 2812:30 p.m.vs. Purdue*ESPNW 63-1459,024
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[15]

Game summaries

vs. Washington

Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Alabama State

Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

LSU

Overall record Last meeting Result
22-29-1 2017 L, 23-27

Arkansas

Overall record Last meeting Result
15-11-1 2017 W, 52-20

Southern Miss

Overall record Last meeting Result
17-5-0 2008 W, 27-13

at Mississippi State

Overall record Last meeting Result
63-26-2 2017 W, 49-10

Tennessee

Overall record Last meeting Result
28-21-3 2013 W, 55-23

at Ole Miss

Overall record Last meeting Result
31-11-0 2017 W, 44-23

Texas A&M

Overall record Last meeting Result
3-5-0 2017 W, 42-27

at Georgia

Overall record Last meeting Result
56-58-8 2017 L, 7-28

Liberty

Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

at Alabama

Overall record Last meeting Result
36-45-1 2017 W, 26-14

vs. Purdue

Overall record Last meeting Result
First Meeting

Rankings

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 Final
AP 9 7 7 9 10 8 21 NR RV RV RV RV RV NR NR RV
Coaches 10 7 7 11 10 9 21 RV RV RV RV RV RV NR NR RV
CFP Not released NR 24 NR NR NR NR Not released

Players drafted into the NFL

References


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