Today, we look at how the most recent Auburn coaches did in the first seven games of their respective tenures on the Plains. Note, we did not include Bill Oliver, who was interim coach in 1998 for five games.
One of Gus Malzahn's wins came against Mississippi State.
GUS MALZAHN, 2013
Notable wins: No. 24 Ole Miss (30-22), No. 7 Texas A&M (45-41)
Notable losses: at No. 6 LSU (35-21)
The 411: Auburn has two three-game win streaks this season. The Tigers are 2-1 vs. ranked opponents, 1-1 vs. the Top 25 on the road.
GENE CHIZIK, 2009
Notable wins: at Tennessee (26-22)
Notable losses: Kentucky (21-14)
The 411: The Chizik era began with five straight wins, but then the Tigers lost to unranked teams in back-to-back games. Auburn finished 8-5, and won the Outback Bowl over Northwestern. A year later, the Tigers were national champions. Chizik won the 2010 national title, but finished only 33–19 -- 15–17 in the SEC.
TOMMY TUBERVILLE, 1999
Notable wins: at LSU (41-7)
Notable losses: Ole Miss (24-17)
The 411: After a 3-0 start, Auburn dropped four straight -- three to ranked opponents and two to teams in the Top 10. Auburn would fall to 3-5, and finished 5-6. That final record did, however, include an upset win at No. 14 Georgia. Tuberville went 85–40 at Auburn. His 2004 squad went 13-0 and won the SEC.
TERRY BOWDEN, 1993
Notable wins: No. 4 Florida (38-35)
Notable losses: None
The 411: Auburn opened with six straight wins over unranked teams, then took down unbeaten Florida in a thriller at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers finished 11-0 and No. 4 in the AP poll. Bowden won his first 20 games at Auburn, but would be forced out after going 47–17–1.
PAT DYE, 1981
Notable wins: at Georgia Tech (31-7)
Notable losses: at Nebraska (17-3), No. 9 Mississippi State (21-17)
The 411: Dye's first Auburn team went just 5-6. He was 0-3 vs. ranked opponents. The highlight: a 14-12 win over Florida, which won seven games. Dye went 99–39–4 at Auburn and claimed four SEC titles.
DOUG BARFIELD, 1976
Notable wins: at No. 16 Ole Miss ( 10-0)
Notable losses: at Memphis (28-27)
The 411: Barfield and the Tigers lost four straight to close the season and finish 3-8. Auburn went 1-3 vs. ranked teams, and was only 1-4 on the road. Barfield would have a 27-27-1 on-field record at Auburn, with no bowl appearances.
SHUG JORDAN, 1951
Notable wins: Vanderbilt (24-14), Florida (14-13)
Notable losses: at No. 5 Georgia Tech (27-7)
The 411: Jordan began his storied Auburn stint 5-1, but finished only 5-5, closing with losses to Ole Miss, Georgia, Clemson and Alabama -- losing all four badly. He ended up going 175–83–7 on the Plains, and is the winningest coach in Auburn football history.
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