After winning the National Championship behind Cam Newton in 2010, the Auburn Tigers have gone 11-14 over the last two seasons, including 0-8 in the SEC last year. Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik after four years with the team and a combined record of 33-19 (15-17 in SEC play).
On Dec. 4, 2012, the Auburn Tigers officially announced Arkansas State head coach and former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as their new head coach. Malzahn led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record in his only year with the team. Last year, the Tigers as a team ranked 116th in the nation in passing. The quarterback situation is currently open, but sophomore Kiehl Frazier appears to be one of the front runners. Malzahn talked about his sophomore quarterback going into this season.
With the Tigers on a down year in 2012, the team ranked 80th in rushing and 66th in points allowed. Through spring, Malzahn has made it clear that he wants to get Auburn back to a team full of grit, and a feared team in the SEC where they used to be.
The Auburn Tigers lost seven seniors from the 2012 team, but they’re returning with loads of talent ready to turn Auburn around as a program. The Tigers will open up the 2013 season on August 31 at home against the Washington State Cougars.