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1913 Auburn Tigers football team


1913 Auburn Tigers football team

1913 Auburn Tigers football
SIAA Champions
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1913 record 8–0 (8–0 SIAA)
Head coach Mike Donahue
Base defense 7-2-2
Captain Kirk Newell
1913 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Auburn 8 0 0     8 0 0
Mississippi A&M 5 1 1     6 1 1
Georgia 3 1 0     6 2 0
Georgia Tech 5 2 0     7 2 0
Alabama 5 3 0     6 3 0
Vanderbilt 2 2 0     5 3 0
Sewanee 2 2 0     4 3 0
LSU 1 1 2     6 1 2
Florida 2 3 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 4 0     4 4 0
Mississippi College 1 2 0     1 2 0
Tennessee 1 3 0     6 3 0
Texas A&M 0 1 1     3 4 2
Kentucky 0 1 0     6 2 0
Centre 0 1 0     0 1 0
The Citadel 0 4 1     3 4 2
Mercer 0 4 1     2 5 1
Tulane 0 4 0     3 5 0
† – Conference champion

The 1913 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 1913 college football season. The team was coached by Mike Donahue and was undefeated at 8–0, outscoring opponents 224–13. Auburn, led by senior captain Kirk Newell, was the champion of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Newell, also a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, went on to be a World War I hero and member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.[1]

The Tigers were retroactively awarded a national title by several computer rating systems, including the College Football Research Center which is a component of the BCS, the current system to determine the national champion).[2] Although it is a recognized national championship,[3] Auburn University does not claim the title, but does acknowledge it in their official media guide.

"Bull" Kearley was shifted from halfback to end to add speed to the defensive line.[4]

The undefeated 1913 football team of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University). Pictured left to right are Dean Cliff Hare, faculty chairman of athletics; Coach Mike Donahue; Ed Bragg, alumni coach; Robbie Robinson, captain-elect, All-Southern end; Legare "Lucy" Hairston, freshman end; Jack Wynne, tackle; F.H. Pendergast, halfback; S.S. Sparkman, halfback; G.M. Steed, freshman center; Boozer Pitts, All-Southern center; J.H. "Big" Thigpen, All-Southern guard; M.S. Esslinger, tackle; C.B. Martin, guard; Red Harris, All-Southern fullback; William "Lou" Louisell, tackle; Chris Christopher, fullback; Kirk Newell, All-Southern halfback; Ted Arnold, quarterback; Bedie Bidez, fullback; C.W. Culpepper, tackle; Roland Fricks, guard; Frank Hart, fullback; R.I. "Bull" Kearley, halfback; G.W. Penton, assistant coach; J.B. Lovelace, student manager; Tom Bragg, graduate manager. Not pictured, F.W. Lockwood, All-Southern guard; C.S. Noble, quarterback; E.C. Adkins, halfback; G.E. Taylor, end.[5]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 4 Mercer* Drake FieldAuburn, AL W 53–0  
October 11, 1913 Florida Drake Field • Auburn, AL W 55–0  
October 18 Mississippi A&M Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 34–0  
October 25 at Clemson Bowman Field • Clemson, SC W 20–0  
November 1 vs. LSU Mobile, AL W 7–0  
November 8 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 20–0  
November 15 Vanderbilt Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL W 13–6  
November 22 at Georgia Piedmont Park • Atlanta, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) W 21–7  
*Non-conference game. Homecoming.


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  2. ^ "Billingsley’s National Champions by Year". College Football Research Center. 2008. 
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  4. ^ "Auburn’s Best Defense Ever Led the 1914 Tigers to an Undefeated Season Now Recognized as a National Championship". August 12, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Champion football team". Auburn University. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
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