The SEC Champion Auburn Tigers, the SEC Champion Auburn Tigers, THE SEC CHAMPION AUBURN TIGERS are now 12-1. Last year, in the season that shall not be named, the Tigers were 3-9.
It’s been the turnaround of turnarounds. Or at least of the turnaround of all but one other turnarounds.
By beating Missouri, Auburn tied… Hawaii for the NCAA improvement record from one year to the next at 8.5 games. The Rainbow Warrios went 9-4 in 2000 after finishing the 1999 season 0-12.
Related: VIDEO: Auburn players swim in confetti after winning the SEC Championship Game.
* Amazing girl lip synchs Rod Bramblett’s amazing Iron Bowl call
* Congrats, Auburn fans—you survived an earthquake
* Cremated remains found in Jordan-Hare Stadium after Iron Bowl
* Cam Newton ‘War Eagles’ throughout his post-game press conference Sunday after Iron Bowl
* New York Post: Iron Bowl ending ‘greatest in the history of sports’
* Pensacola bridge completely covered in Auburn graffiti after Iron Bowl
* Highlights, Iron Bowl, Highlights
* Watch Rod Bramblett, Stan White and the Auburn radio broadcast booth react to the final play
* Hear Rod and Eli back to back
Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. Want to advertise? Spare a dollar?
Walker H. says
Okay, I’ll bite. Why the half? Seems to me that both of them are 9 win improvements. I would think .5 would imply a tie, which we don’t have anymore.
Hmmm, no idea. The thing AU sent out said 8.5. AU is never wrong. 2+2=War Eagle
I replied to this, don’t see it. Tons of answers on Twitter, something about it being because each team played one more game the good year than they did the bad and about how it’s counted like baseball or something…
Walker H. says
Guess that makes sense, thanks. Either way, I assume we will OWN the all-time turnaround record outright if we beat FSU. Let’s hope we have some magic left for this one! War Eagle!!
bring back Doug Weaver says
The formula for improvement is difference in wins (12-3=9) + difference in losses (9-1=8) =17/2=8.5
Hawaii was 9+8=17/2=8.5
Walker H. says
Thanks. So I did some research using cfbdatawarehouse.com. I used their list of national champions (which can sometimes be slightly more generous than other lists) and went through each team and collected the W-L record for each championship year and that team’s previous year, put it all in Excel, and calculated Improvement using the above formula. I calculated 1900 – present, which produced 177 champions. Looks like the biggest “Improvement” turnaround in history to win a national championship is Notre Dame in 1964 with a 6.5 game improvement. There are 2 instances of 6 game Improvement champs: 2002 Ohio State and 1962 Southern Cal. Auburn is currently at 8.5, and if we manage to pull of the upset and win it all, we would sit at 9.0, a HUGE monumental leap over the past records. Just thought it was interesting. 🙂