|2009 Auburn Tigers football|
Outback Bowl Champions
|2009 record||8–5 (3–5 SEC)|
|Head coach||Gene Chizik (1st season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Gus Malzahn|
|Offensive scheme||No Huddle Spread Offense|
|Defensive coordinator||Ted Roof|
|Base defense||Multiple D|
|Home stadium||Jordan–Hare Stadium|
|2009 SEC football standings|
|#3 Florida x‡||8||–||0||13||–||1|
|#1 Alabama x†||8||–||0||14||–||0|
|#20 Ole Miss||4||–||4||9||–||4|
|Championship: Alabama 32, Florida 13|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2009 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University during the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by first year head coach Gene Chizik. Despite playing the 12th toughest schedule in the nation, the Tigers finished the season 8–5 (3–5 in SEC play) and won the Outback Bowl 38–35 in overtime against Northwestern.
While Auburn was unranked at the end of the season in both major polls, several BCS participating computer rating systems such as Sagarin (#22), Massey (#22), Peter Wolfe (#25), Howell (#24), David Wilson (#21), Team Rankings (#18) and the FACT Foundation (#21) included the Tigers in their final top 25 rankings.
The offense finished the season ranked 2nd in the SEC and 16th in the nation (with just under 432 yards per game), while the defense struggled with depth issues and finished 68th and 2nd worst in the SEC. The pass efficiency defense however was 3rd best in the SEC and ranked 22nd in the nation.
On December 3, 2008, Auburn University announced that 10-year head coach Tommy Tuberville would not return for an eleventh season. The coaching search ended less than two weeks later when Auburn announced Iowa State's second-year head coach and former Auburn defensive coordinator Gene Chizik as the Tigers' next head coach. Auburn had interviewed at least eight coaches, including Buffalo's Turner Gill and TCU's Gary Patterson.
Auburn's schedule consisted of eight Southeastern Conference opponents (four home, four away) and four non-conference opponents. Auburn opened the season against Louisiana Tech. It was the twelfth matchup between the schools and the first meeting since 2004. The Tigers also hosted Mid-American Conference opponent Ball State for the third time. Also, Football Championship Subdivision foe Furman visited for the first time since 1956. Auburn began conference play in the second week, hosting Mississippi State. The following week, the Tigers hosted West Virginia, the second game in a home-and-home series between the two teams. The Tigers had previously faced all twelve regular season opponents, with Auburn holding the all-time series lead going into the season against all but Alabama (33–39–1), LSU (19–23–1), and West Virginia (0–1).
|September 5*||6:00 PM||Louisiana Tech||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||ESPNU||W 37–13||81,143|
|September 12||6:00 PM||Mississippi State||Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||SECRN||W 49–24||85,269|
|September 19*||6:45 PM||West Virginia||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||ESPN2||W 41–30||87,451|
|September 26*||6:00 PM||Ball State||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||SECRN||W 54–30||83,118|
|October 3||6:45 PM||at Tennessee||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||ESPN||W 26–22||102,941|
|October 10||11:00 AM||at Arkansas||#17||Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium • Fayetteville, AR||ESPN||L 23–44||72,559|
|October 17||6:30 PM||Kentucky||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||ESPNU||L 14–21||86,217|
|October 24||6:30 PM||at #10 LSU||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Tiger Bowl)||ESPN2||L 10–31||92,654|
|October 31||11:21 AM||#24 Ole Miss||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||SECN||W 33–20||84,756|
|November 7*†||12:30 PM||(FCS) Furman||#25||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||PPV||W 63–31||81,506|
|November 14||6:00 PM||at Georgia||#25||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry)||ESPN2||L 24–31||92,746|
|November 27||1:30 PM||#2 Alabama||Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Iron Bowl)||CBS||L 21–26||87,451|
|January 1*||10:00 AM||vs. Northwestern||Raymond James Stadium • Tampa, FL (Outback Bowl)||ESPN||W 38–35 OT||49,383|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.|
Starters and backups.
|Poll||Pre||Wk 1||Wk 2||Wk 3||Wk 4||Wk 5||Wk 6||Wk 7||Wk 8||Wk 9||Wk 10||Wk 11||Wk 12||Wk 13||Wk 14||Final|
|Name||Position||Alma mater||Year Entering|
|Gene Chizik||Head Coach||Florida||1st|
|Gus Malzahn||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||Henderson State||1st|
|Ted Roof||Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers||Georgia Tech||1st|
|Trooper Taylor||Assistant head coach/Wide receivers||Baylor||1st|
|Curtis Luper||Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator||Stephen F. Austin||1st|
|Jeff Grimes||Offensive line||UTEP||1st|
|Jay Boulware||Special teams Coordinator/Tight ends||Texas||1st|
|Tommy Thigpen||Safeties||North Carolina||1st|
|Tracy Rocker||Defensive line||Auburn||1st|
|Kevin Yoxall||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach||TCU||10th|
- "Jeff Sagarin NCAA football ratings". USA Today. April 1, 2006. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/fbt09.htm. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
- ESPN.com: Auburn to name Chizik as coach
- Sporting News: Auburn hires Gene Chizik as football coach
- "Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100320140117/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292480002. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- "Mississippi State Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100429140452/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292550002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100429140457/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292620002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Ball State Cardinals vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100430210803/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292690002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Auburn Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100430032834/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292762633. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Auburn Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 2, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100502112235/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292830008. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100430225217/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292900002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Auburn Tigers vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=292970099. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Mississippi Rebels vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100429140502/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293040002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Furman Paladins vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293110002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Auburn Tigers vs. Georgia Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100429140508/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293180061. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 29, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100429140513/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=293310002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "Northwestern Wildcats vs. Auburn Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on March 20, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100320131245/http://espn.go.com/ncf/boxscore?gameId=300010002. Retrieved March 18, 2010.
- "2009 Auburn Tigers football schedule". http://auburntigers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/aub-m-footbl-sched-2009.html. Retrieved June 22, 2009.
- "Auburn Tigers Preview 2009 Depth Chart". May 25, 2009. http://cfn.scout.com/2/867323.html. Retrieved August 1, 2011.