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Auburn Tigers Headed to Sugar Bowl

By on December 4th, 2016 in Football, News 17 Comments »

Is it true “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down?” We will find out as after an odd season of ups and downs, and a somewhat bitter tasting end in the last two games of the season, a spoonful of sugar is now in the mouths of the No. 14 Auburn Tigers who have been invited to the Sugar Bowl to play the Big XII Champion No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners. The game is set for Jan. 2 at 7:30 CT inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

This will be the second time the Sooners and the Tigers have met at the Sugar Bowl. In 1972, Pat Sullivan led his Tigers on the field to meet the Sooners. Oklahoma came away with a 40–22 victory and the Sugar Bowl trophy; Pat Sullivan came away with the Heisman trophy.

When I hear Oklahoma Sooners, my mind goes back to 2004 when the No. 3 undefeated Auburn Tigers were denied a shot to play in the National Championship as Oklahoma was picked to play, only to be humiliated by USC, 55–19. What could have been, what should’ve been, we will never know.

Oklahoma comes into the Sugar Bowl as the favorite at 5 points, but if the injury bug has passed and Auburn is at full strength, the Tigers may be able to pick up where they were while reeling off six straight wins. It should be a fun game to watch on January 2nd. Be sure to check back in the weeks to come as all the TET columnists will be sharing their thoughts as Auburn prepares for the game.

But for now, let’s hear what you, the readers, have to say.  Excited about the Sugar Bowl invitation?


  1. meathead530 says:

    As an Oklahoma State fan too, I hope Auburn stomps OU. Their fans are just as annoying as Bama fans. They’re already complaining that they have to play an 8-4 Auburn.

  2. bornatiger says:

    Yes they are . I lived in Oklahoma for ten years. My wife’s family is all our fans and I been waiting for this machine up since 04 can’t wait war eagle . P.S Teresa run defense not so good lol

  3. meathead530 says:

    My parents graduated from Oklahoma State, but are Auburn fans too. Honestly, I didn’t get real interested in football until I married into an Auburn family.

  4. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    This has all the trappings of the favored team not getting properly prepared because they aren’t playing in the playoff. This could set up as a nice springboard for next year, if we can get healthy and get a good gameplan prepared against Oklahoma. I have confidence in the players being ready, however I’m not so sure about Malzahn and Lashlee. They have really disappointed me this year when we really needed them to step up their game. Hopefully they find their way in NOLA.

  5. B-REAL says:

    Never thought at the start of the year we would play in a New Years six game.Very excited about this game an the committee having the belief in Auburn being the second best SEC team.Could have had one maybe two more wins if not for injuries and horrible play calling.Hard to believe there going to the sugar bowl with that record.Thanks to the other teams in conference for looking really bad the last month of the season!War Eagle!

  6. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    Are we excited? You bet!! We already have our tickets ordered through Tigers Unlimited; have the hotel secured along with flights. We are flying down on the 31st – why not spend New Years Eve in NOLA?
    Only remaining item is calling tomorrow to arrange car service from airport to hotel and back.
    (By the way, if anyone going to the game wants a car service I highly recommend “A Royal Limousine” – – and ask for Zeke as your driver… you won’t be disappointed…)
    And, as it relates to Pat Sullivan, didn’t he win the Heisman Trophy in 1971 instead of 1972?
    Or, was the Sugar Bowl 1972 played following the 1971 season? That would make sense, I guess.

    Anyway, great bowl game and destination following a season that didn’t really get off to the best start nor ended in a manner we hoped. Nonetheless, this team has battled through obstacles all year and never once gave up.
    YES, they deserve this bowl game and trip to NOLA. Yep, Auburn has 4 losses. Big whoop – The loss to UGA is the only one that wasn’t to a highly ranked team at the time of the game.


    • Zach Taylor Zach Taylor says:

      There’s a saying: ” can’t hide money.”

      • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

        Not sure what that means, but…

        • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

          …..I use my legs, in New Orleans. If I have to go way out of the French Quarter or the CDB, don’t get excited. Call United. (They take Visa…)

          • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

            We mostly walk in New Orleans also. We are only hitching a ride from the airport to the hotel and back.

        • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

          …..We have learned a LOT of ways to economize, in the Big Easy. We take the free ferry to Algiers, rather than paying big money to ride the paddlewheelers. Know where the inexpensive, good places to eat are. Like Cafe DuMonde. Acme Seafood. Johnny’s Po Boys. Get a place that has a mini-fridge and a microwave. We pretty much only eat out once a day, on our trips, and are careful to get to-go boxes for what we can’t eat. There is now a very nice Rouses grocery on Royal Street, centrally located. Snug Harbor over on Frenchman Street for jazz.

          • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

            The paddle wheelers are a rip-off, I think. And, yes, New Orleans doesn’t have to be expensive. We go every year and, Acid, if you haven’t been to Mother’s then put that on your to-do list for your next trip. Some of the best “southern” cooking to be found. Large portions and really good prices. You will be able to have your to-go boxes for sure.

        • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

          …..That said, I’ll be home for New Year’s Eve. We have our traditional family extravaganza. A nice meal, crackers, family games. Then some explosives outdoors. We do a burning bowl ceremony, where we down things we want to leave behind for that year, and we set them on fire in the metal bowl. Ball drop on TV, and decent champagne. (I prefer Domaine Chandon, to Moet. Yes, I know. That kinda makes me a heretic!)

          …..If I get to bed promptly after the “Happy New Year!!!” Moments, I’m good to go for the early bowls, the next day. Except…. There won’t be any, with New Year’s Day on Sunday. Booo.

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            ….Last time we Auburn types had to endure this indignity, was the Cap-One bowl back on Jan 2, 2006. We got totally trashed, by Wisconsin. The final score was 24-10, but the result on the field was far worse. Wisconsin blew a lot of scoring opportunities.

            …..Then, defensive coordinator Alex Gibbs dodged out of the post-game press conference, and times were pretty bad. It also was a pain that I had to work a 14 hour shift that night, after getting up early to watch the debacle. New Years Day should NEVER be on a Sunday!

  7. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    While on a cross country trip once, we lost our dog in Norman, OK, We found her the next day at the Norman pound. I remember walking around that football stadium and calling her name.
    The people were very friendly and helpful. But they do take their football seriously.

    I am glad to see Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
    War Dam STEELERS and WAR DAM EAGLE!!!!!!!!

  8. Tiger4Life says:

    Dating myself– but brings back memories of attending Auburn-Syracuse in my youth…
    Hard fought game– think they had some guy named McNabb at QB…they entered undefeated and untied but left undefeated and once tied…could have used overtime back then!

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      You aren’t really dating yourself if you attended that game in “your youth” — I attended that game having been finished at AU for 5 years!
      I remember that Syracuse was so upset that someone sent Pat Dye something like 2000 ugly ties – Dye autographed them and then auctioned them off with the money going, I think, to the general scholarship fund.

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