Nostalgia Friday: Auburn vs. Alabama 1993
It was one of Auburn’s most unlikely seasons. While they were not the long shots we saw in 2013, the 1993 Auburn football team was nowhere to be found on the college football radar as the season started.
Taking over following the Pat Dye era, Terry Bowden was the surprise pick of the Auburn search committee and expectations couldn’t be lower heading into his first campaign.
Following a nasty, months long investigation by the NCAA involving former player Eric Ramsey, Auburn was not only on probation and ineligible for bowl play, they were also banned from television. In fact, they were the last major program to be subjected to this penalty – one that likely will never be implemented again.
Bowden’s bunch captured the hearts of Auburn people across the country, but only a select few ever saw them on the field.
Auburn ran through its 11- game schedule unscathed and perfect. The crowning moment came on November 20, 1993 at Jordan-Hare Stadium when Auburn defeated Alabama 22-14. It’s remembered as one of the greatest wins in Auburn football history.
The above video is from the coaches cameras because no broadcast cameras were allowed. Auburn would go on to finish fourth nationally in 1993 and while they didn’t win the SEC in the record books, they were clearly champions of the SEC.