There’s No Place Like Home: Where AU Owns Dominant Winning Streak

September 11, 2018 By Skye Underwood

Auburn sophomore Devan Barrett dives into the end zone for a scoop and score touchdown after a blocked punt helped lead Auburn to a 63-9 win over Alabama State, extending its home winning streak to 13 games on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 in Auburn, Ala. Todd Van Emst/AU Athletics

Auburn Football is currently riding a 13-game home winning streak inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, which ranks 4th nationally among active home winning streaks.

Ever since Auburn lost its third game of the 2016 season at home to Texas A&M, 29-16, the Tigers have not lost again inside the friendly confines of The Loveliest Village on The Plains.

Quite frankly, what’s so crazy about the streak is the level of dominance the Tigers have unleashed on its opponents in the matchups.

The Tigers haven’t just won thirteen straight games on Pat Dye Field, but they’ve dominated the opposition while doing so.

“What’s the average score during the streak?” you might ask.

Auburn 41

Opponent 11

That’s right, Auburn has averaged a 30-point margin of victory over its opponents during the streak.

Wait, I know what’s coming next – “I bet Auburn has played a bunch of cupcakes during the streak.”

Well, actually, five of the thirteen games were against teams ranked in the Top 25. And two of those games were against the No. 1 ranked team in the country.

“The average score in those games,” you ask?

Auburn 38

Ranked Opponent 11

Auburn’s level of dominance during the streak has not just been reserved for average teams, but the very best squads that college football has to offer.

The last time Auburn Football lost a game inside Jordan-Hare, you’d have to roll your clocks back to when Texas A&M beat the Tigers on The Plains in just the third game of the 2016 season.

Ironically, Auburn’s next game after A&M was the following Saturday in Jordan-Hare versus LSU. Auburn defeated the Bayou Bengals, 18-13 as LSU was deep in Auburn territory and driving before throwing what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown before officials reviewed the play to discover that the clock struck 00:00 before LSU snapped the football, which led to Auburn celebrating the win that began its current 13-game home winning streak. By the way, this was the infamous “Loser Leaves Town” game as the media predicted that the head coach of the team who lost would ultimately be fired. This was Les Miles’ last game as the LSU Tigers head football coach. Miles hasn’t been hired to coach since.

Coincidentally, No. 7 Auburn hosts No. 12 LSU this Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium for its third game of the 2018 college football season.

LSU is a very strong opponent especially after shellacking former No. 8 Miami in the first game of the season, but I can’t imagine that LSU will see a more hungry campus, crowd and team than what the Bayou Bengals will witness on Saturday.

You see, the last time these two squared off, it was in Death Valley last year when Auburn climbed out to a 20-0 first half lead only to watch LSU complete its biggest come from behind home conference win in the history of its program, defeating a heart-broken Auburn team, 27-23.

So if you go to the game, you’ll see it in the eyes of the Auburn fans and the coaches as they give out high-fives during Tiger Walk. It’s the start of Southeastern Conference play. It’s when you separate the men from the boys. And Auburn has revenge on its mind after the embarrassment in Red Stick last season, so you’ll most definitely see it in the eyes of the Auburn players. Heck, you’ll even see it in the eyes of the Auburn Marching Band and the cheerleaders. No matter where you look to and fro on The Loveliest Village on The Plains this upcoming Saturday, they’ll be an intense look in the eyes of every Plainsman…

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the dream of the fight
Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival
And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night
And he’s watchin’ us all with the eye of the tiger