Team preview: Auburn

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college football season, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 28, 2004
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COACH AND PROGRAM

Just one year ago, Tommy Tuberville was on top of the world. His Auburn football program had seemingly turned the corner. He was winning the recruiting battles against in-state foe Alabama, which had lost Dennis Franchione to Texas A&M, replaced him with Mike Price-who was fired after a drinking binge at a Pensacola, Fla., strip club-and then replaced Price with inexperienced NFL assistant Mike Shula.

The Sporting News picked the Tigers as its preseason No. 1 team. Four Auburn running backs-Ronnie Brown, Tre Smith and Brandon Jacobs-graced the cover of the New York Times' preseason edition.

The Southern Cal rolled into town.

And that was that.

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