1917 Auburn Tigers football team

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1917 Auburn Tigers football
AuburnTigers.svg
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1917 record 6–2–1 (5–1 SIAA)
Head coach Mike Donahue
Base defense 7–2–2
Captain Carey Robinson
Home stadium Drake Field
Seasons
« 1916 1918 »
1917 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech $ 4 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn 5 1 0     6 2 1
Clemson 5 1 0     6 2 0
Mississippi A&M 3 1 0     6 1 0
Sewanee 3 1 1     4 2 2
Alabama 2 1 1     5 2 1
Tulane 2 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 0     5 3 0
LSU 2 3 0     3 5 0
Wofford 1 2 0     5 4 0
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 5 0
Furman 1 3 0     3 5 0
Florida 1 3 0     2 4 0
Ole Miss 1 4 0     1 4 1
Howard 0 2 1     0 2 1
The Citadel 0 2 0     3 3 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     0 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • There were several SIAA schools that did not field a team due to World War I.

The 1917 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1917 college football season. It was the Tigers' 26th season and they competed as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Mike Donahue, in his 13th year, and played their home games at Drake Field in Auburn, Alabama. They finished with a record of six wins, two losses and one tie (6–2–1 overall, 5–1 in the SIAA).

Led by Walter Camp All-America Honorable Mention Moon Ducote, Auburn lost its two games to Davidson and Georgia Tech, widely regarded as the two best teams in the south.[1] Georgia Tech was the south's first national champion. Auburn held undefeated Big Ten champion Ohio State to a scoreless tie. Auburn stopped Ohio State inside its 10-yard line five times.[2][3] Auburn's biggest win was 68–0 over Florida.[4]

Schedule

Date Opponent Site Result
October 6 Howard Drake FieldAuburn, AL W 53–0  
October 13 Camp Sheridan* Montgomery, AL W 13–0  
October 19 at Clemson Riggs FieldClemson, SC W 7–0  
October 27 Mississippi A&M Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 13–6  
November 3 Florida Drake Field • Auburn, AL (Rivalry) W 68–0  
November 10 vs. Davidson* Atlanta, GA L 7–21  
November 17 at Vanderbilt Dudley Field • Nashville, TN W 31–7  
November 24 Ohio State* Soldiers Field • Montgomery, AL T 0–0  
November 29 at Georgia Tech Grant Field • Atlanta, GA (Rivalry) L 7–68  
*Non-conference game.
  • Source: 1917 Auburn football schedule[5][6]

References

  1. Bernie McCarty (February 1988). "Georgia Tech's 1917 backfield, better than Four Horsemen" (PDF). College Football Historical Society. 1 (3).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Phillip Marshall. Stadium Stories: Auburn Tigers. p. 12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Auburn Tigers Play Ohio State To Scoreless Tie". November 25, 1917. p. 3. Retrieved July 12, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> open access publication - free to read
  4. "Auburn Had Little Trouble Defeating The Light Gator Eleven". The Florida Alligator. November 7, 1917.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 2009 Auburn Football Media Guide (PDF). Auburn, Alabama: Auburn Media Relations Office. 2009. p. 185.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "1917 Auburn University Football Schedule". Auburn University Athletics. Retrieved December 19, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>