It was a brutal season, a year of crushing losses and losing games to SEC rivals Georgia, Mississippi State and LSU.
But Auburn’s success in 2015 was a product of a new era in football.
The team’s new head coach, Gus Malzahn, came into the program in 2015, the same year the SEC’s playoff picture was in flux.
He’s now gone from being the only coach in the nation with at least two national championship games in his first two seasons to being the SEC regular-season winningest coach.
He’s also the only head coach in SEC history to be named the conference’s Coach of the Year twice.
The Tigers have won three straight SEC titles and are on their way to a fifth straight conference title.
They’re also the team that has been the most dominant in SEC football.
In 2014, they were a top-five team in the conference, but Malzhan went 5-7, the worst finish since 1990.
In the SEC, Auburn is in a class of its own.
The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are the two teams with the best résumés, but they are also the two worst in the league in terms of the overall record.
The Tigers are 4-6 this season and are 11-6 in SEC play.
Their success is a result of their unique style of play.
They’re a team that likes to attack and run the football.
They like to get pressure.
They play a fast-paced, hard-hitting style that takes advantage of the passing game.
That style has been a huge difference.
In 2015, Auburn finished the season ranked third in the SEC in rushing offense, but it averaged more than 4.5 yards per carry and was the league’s No. 1 rushing offense in total offense.
The Bulldogs, in particular, ran the ball well and averaged 4.4 yards per attempt, good for ninth in the country.
But the Tigers were also second in scoring offense (21.6 points per game), third in total defense (28.2 points per contest) and fifth in scoring defense (10.6).
This is a team with a high-octane offense.
The Dawgs have rushed for more than 2,400 yards in three of their last four seasons, and the offense has been an integral part of Auburn’s resurgence.
The offense has also been key to Auburn’s dominance.
In Malzhans first two years, the Bulldogs averaged nearly 14 yards per play, fourth in the entire league.
This season, they are averaging 1.5 per carry, third in both rushing and total offense and ninth in scoring.
Malzahn has had a knack for success in Auburn’s offensive system.
He was the head coach at Michigan State from 2004-09.
He has been to six bowl games with the Spartans, which has given him a good handle on what it takes to succeed in college football.
This is Auburn’s offense.
It’s a team of speed and power.
It runs a high tempo, and it likes to run the ball as fast as possible.
That’s what makes it successful.
This year’s Bulldogs have a different look, but the offensive style is the same.
They run the same plays, and they do it in a different way.
The offense is very balanced.
It has a lot of skill players and a lot people that can be disruptive.
There’s a lot more athleticism.
It seems like a lot to me.
The way it’s played has a little bit of a different feel, but I don’t think that has really changed.
Auburn’s players are all very competitive.
They want to win.
I think the coaches have a good understanding of what they’re getting into.
I just don’t know what that means.
They’ve just played like they have been for years, so they know exactly what they need to do.
The key is not just to run more plays.
The biggest thing is to run them well.
That was a big thing for us, and I think that’s really what we’ve been doing.
We’ve had a lot going on in terms, I think, for us in terms a success of not just playing good football, but playing as well as we can as a team.
We know exactly how to win games.
We just need to execute, execute well.
It doesn’t matter how you run, you just need the right people to execute the right plays.
We’re a young team.
You know, we haven’t won anything.
I’ve never been in this position before.
This year we are, and we have a lot for ourselves.
We have a great defense, and a great offense.
We are the first team in history to go 5-0 in SEC and be undefeated.
It is a very special time in the history of the sport.