Mississippi State later forfeited all 1976 wins due to NCAA violations. Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches Poll
The 1976 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1976 college football season. At the end of the 1975 season, Ralph "Shug" Jordan retired after 25 years as head coach of the Auburn Tigers. Doug Barfield, Jordan’s offensive coordinator, took over as head coach starting in 1976. He coached the Tigers to a 3–8 record his first season, winning just 2 of 6 conference games. However, Mississippi State was forced to forfeit their game that year, so Auburn's record officially improved to 4–7 (3–3).
Neil O'Donoghue (PK) received All-American honors and  for the 1976 season, yet there were no players named to the All-SEC first team this year.