Top Belt Champions: #18
1983 Auburn Tigers
|10/15/1983||@ Georgia Tech||31-13|
|11/12/1983||@ #4 Georgia||13-7|
|12/3/1983||@ #19 Alabama||23-20|
|1/2/1984||#8 Michigan (Sugar Bowl)||9-7|
Games in BOLD are Belt match-ups
Auburn Record: 11-1 0.917 Winning Percentage
Defeated Belt Opponents Record: 44-14-5 .738 Winning Percentage
Belt Wins: 5
The 1983 Auburn Tigers are one of the most overlooked great teams in college football history. They had the misfortune of being in a Sugar Bowl win over Michigan highlighted by defense while Miami was upsetting Nebraska in the Orange Bowl in one of the most exciting games in college football history. The Tigers though should not be forgotten as their season was an impressive one. All-American RB Bo Jackson led the Tigers but this was not a one-man team as Auburn placed 5 others on the first team All-SEC roster including future All-American LB Gregg Carr. The Tigers opened the season with an easy win over Southern Miss before their only loss came to 3rd ranked Texas. Auburn regrouped for 5 straight wins before their Belt showdown with 5th ranked Florida. The Tigers claimed the title as Jackson scored on 2 long touchdown runs. The ACC Champion 7th ranked Maryland Terrapins fell 35-23 as RB Tommie Agee scored twice & 3 Auburn running backs (Jackson, Agee, & Lionel James) rushed for more than 100 yards. The 4th ranked Georgia Bulldogs presented a massive defensive challenge but PK Al Del Greco's 2 field goals were the difference for the Tigers in a 13-7 victory. Arch-rival 19th ranked Alabama could not stop Jackson's touchdown runs of 69 & 71 yards as part of his 256 yard rushing total in a 23-20 win. Big Ten Champion 8th ranked Michigan's defense was impressive in the Sugar Bowl but so was the Tigers'. The Wolverines got the only touchdown of the game but Del Greco connected on 3 field goals including a 19-yard kick with 0:27 to play to secure the win & The Belt. With all 5 of their Belt wins coming over ranked teams, the Tigers are an impressive Belt champion.
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