Special Sub-Topic: Auburn Football 
|What is the name of the official Auburn fight song?|
War Eagle. "Tiger Rag" and "Glory" are also in the Auburn Band's repertoire, but are not official fight songs. "The Orange and the Blue" just so happens to be the University of Florida's fight song.
|Auburn won the AP national championship in 1957. Who coached Auburn that year?|
Ralph "Shug" Jordan. Shug's 1957 Tigers went 10-0, only letting opponents score a combined 28 points on them for the season, and no one scored more than 7 in one game against their defense. However, even that wasn't enough to convince the UPI pollsters, And Auburn had to share the national championship with Woody Hayes' Ohio State Buckeyes, who the UPI voted number one despite the fact that the Bucks finished 9-1.
|Auburn played its first football game in 1892. Who was their coach?|
Dr. George Petrie. Dr. Petrie coached only for that year, and is most notably remembered in the hearts of the Auburn faithful for writing the Auburn Creed. John Heisman (yes, the man for whom the award is named) coached at Auburn from 1895-1899, Mike Donahue held the reins from 1904 to 1922, and Jack Meagher from 1934 to 1942.
|Auburn won the first football game they ever played. Who did they beat?|
Georgia. The Tigers shut out the Bulldogs 10-0 in the game played on February 20, 1892 in Atlanta, GA.
|The 1983 Auburn Tigers compiled an 11-1 record, and were considered by many to be the best team in the nation. Apparently the pollsters thought otherwise. Who leapfrogged Auburn in the final poll to win the national title in 1983?|
Miami. Auburn was ranked #3 going into the bowl season, and Miami was #4. The teams ranked 1 and 2 both lost their bowl games, while Auburn and Miami both won theirs. Auburn remained third, and Miami was crowned National Champion.
|Which coach had the best winning percentage in the 20th century among Auburn coaches who coached at least 2 seasons?|
Terry Bowden. Terry compiled a .731 (47-17-1) record. Mike Donahue is a very close second with a .730 (99-35-5). Dye comes in third with .711 (99-39-4), and Shug comes in fourth at .675 (176-83-6) in his days at Auburn.
|Which of these running backs did NOT go to Auburn?|
Bobby Humphrey. Humphrey went to the University of Alabama.
|In the 1987 season, Auburn won the SEC and went to the Sugar Bowl. What team did Auburn play in that game, which became the first tie in the history of the Sugar Bowl? |
Syracuse. The Tigers and Orangemen tied 16-16, after Auburn's coach Pat Dye elected to go for a field goal on the last play of the game instead of going for the win. This upset many Syracuse fans who, if they had won, could have won the national championship. In fact, a radio DJ in Syracuse took up a collection of old nasty neckties, and sent them to Coach Dye. Dye didn't seem to mind, as he autographed them and sold them for charity. When asked about the tie, he simply said, "If they wanted to win, they should have blocked the kick", and he later added, "Our guys had fought too hard to lose that game".
|In 2000, what Junior College transfer started at running back, and led the Tigers to the SEC Championship game?|
Rudi Johnson. Rudi led the conference in rushing and was named SEC player of the year. He was a one-year wonder for Auburn, as he declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season.
|What was the name of Auburn's football stadium in 2003?|
Jordan-Hare Stadium. While never having been known as "Tiger Stadium," the stadium has had all 3 other names at one point in time. The stadium opened in 1939, and at the time was called "Auburn Stadium," but the name was changed in 1949 to "Cliff Hare Stadium," in honor of Cliff Hare, who was a member of the first Auburn football team, along with being a longtime Auburn Athletic Director, as well as president of the old Southern Conference. The stadium was again renamed "Jordan-Hare Stadium" in 1973, in honor of the great Auburn Coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan. Incidentally, this was the first time in NCAA history that a stadium had been named for a coach while he was still coaching there!
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