How Auburn Won Every 2016-17 Bowl Game


As we find every year, especially with the College Football Playoff rankings, figuring out the best teams in the nation is truly impossible without a little guessing. With the number of teams in college football and the 13-game regular season limit, there is no possible way to truly say who is the best. So what’s the best way to figure that out? You play a little a game I like to call “Who Beat Who?”

Sir Isaac Newton might call this the transitive property, but “Who Beat Who?” is the most logical step to figuring out the best teams. Sure, some people think they are smart enough to use their eyes. I say let’s use results. Now, with the help of My Team is Better Than Your Team, it is undeniable. Auburn won every bowl game in 2016-17.

Sure, they lost some games in the regular season, but why harp on one matchup? Let’s use 5-6 games involving multiple teams to figure out who’s really the best. And the answer is clear. It’s Auburn. Just look.


Celebration Bowl

Champion on the field: Grambling State, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Texas A&M 54-39
-Texas A&M beat UCLA 31-24
-UCLA beat Arizona 45-24
-Arizona beat Grambling State 31-21

Transitive Champion: Auburn


New Mexico Bowl

Champion on the field: New Mexico, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat New Mexico State 41-22
-New Mexico State beat New Mexico 32-31

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Las Vegas Bowl

Champion on the field: San Diego State, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat South Alabama 17-7
-South Alabama beat San Diego State 42-24

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Camellia Bowl

Champion on the field: Appalachian St, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat Troy 35-3
-Troy beat Appalachian State 28-24

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Cure Bowl

Champion on the field: Arkansas State, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14

Transitive Champion: Auburn


New Orleans Bowl

Champion on the field: Southern Miss, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Southern Miss 45-10

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Miami Beach Bowl

Champion on the field: Tulsa, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas 56-3
-Arkansas beat Louisiana Tech 21-20
-Louisiana Tech beat Navy 48-45
-Navy beat Tulsa 42-40

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Boca Raton Bowl

Champion on the field: Western Kentucky, but…

-Auburn beat Vanderbilt 23-16
-Vanderbilt beat Western Kentucky 31-30

Transitive Champion: Auburn


San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl

Champion on the field: BYU, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Texas A&M 54-39
-Texas A&M beat UCLA 31-24
-UCLA beat BYU 17-14

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Champion on the field: Idaho, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat Troy 35-3
-Troy beat Idaho 34-13

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Popeyes Bahamas Bowl

Champion on the field: Old Dominion, but…

-Auburn beat Vanderbilt 23-16
-Vanderbilt beat Western Kentucky 31-30
-Western Kentucky beat Old Dominion 59-24

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

Champion on the field: Louisiana Tech, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas 56-3
-Arkansas beat Louisiana Tech 21-20

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Dollar General Bowl

Champion on the field: Troy, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat Troy 35-3

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Hawai’i Bowl

Champion on the field: Hawai’i, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat South Alabama 17-7
-South Alabama beat San Diego State 42-24
-San Diego State beat Hawai’i 55-0

Transitive Champion: Auburn


St. Petersburg Bowl

Champion on the field: Mississippi State, but…

-Auburn beat Mississippi State 38-14

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Quick Lane Bowl

Champion on the field: Boston College, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Boston College 52-7

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Camping World Independence Bowl

Champion on the field: NC State, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat North Carolina State 54-13

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl

Champion on the field: Army, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Duke 24-14
-Duke beat Army 13-6

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Military Bowl

Champion on the field: Wake Forest, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Wake Forest 44-12

Transitive Champion: Auburn


National Funding Holiday Bowl

Champion on the field: Minnesota, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas 56-3
-Arkansas beat Florida 31-10
-Florida beat Iowa 30-3
-Iowa beat Minnesota 14-7

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Motel 6 Cactus Bowl

Champion on the field: Baylor, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas 56-3
-Arkansas beat TCU 41-38
-TCU beat Baylor 62-22

Transitive Champion: Auburn


New Era Pinstripe Bowl

Champion on the field: Northwestern, but…

-Auburn beat Vanderbilt 23-16
-Vanderbilt beat Tennessee 45-34
-Tennessee beat Nebraska 38-24
-Nebraska beat Northwestern 24-13

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Russell Athletic Bowl

Champion on the field: Miami, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Florida State 63-20
-Florida State beat Miami 20-19

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Foster Farms Bowl

Champion on the field: Utah, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat South Alabama 17-7
-South Alabama beat San Diego State 42-24
-San Diego State beat California 45-40
-California beat Utah 28-23

Transitive Champion: Auburn


AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl

Champion on the field: Kansas State, but…

-Auburn beat Mississippi State 38-14
-Mississippi State beat Miami OH 17-16
-Miami OH beat Central Michigan 37-17
-Central Michigan beat Oklahoma State 30-27
-Oklahoma State beat Kansas State 43-37

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Birmingham Bowl

Champion on the field: South Florida, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Florida State 63-20
-Florida State beat South Florida 55-35

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Belk Bowl

Champion on the field: Virginia Tech, but…

-Auburn beat Vanderbilt 23-16
-Vanderbilt beat Tennessee 45-34
-Tennessee beat Virginia Tech 45-24

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Valero Alamo Bowl

Champion on the field: Oklahoma State, but…

-Auburn beat Mississippi State 38-14
-Mississippi State beat Miami OH 17-16
-Miami OH beat Central Michigan 37-17
-Central Michigan beat Oklahoma State 30-27

Transitive Champion: Auburn


AutoZone Liberty Bowl

Champion on the field: Georgia, but…

-Auburn beat Ole Miss 40-29
-Ole Miss beat Georgia 45-14

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Hyundai Sun Bowl

Champion on the field: Stanford, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Florida State 63-20
-Florida State beat Michigan 33-32
-Michigan beat Colorado 45-28
-Colorado beat Stanford 10-5

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

Champion on the field: Tennessee, but…

-Auburn beat Vanderbilt 23-16
-Vanderbilt beat Tennessee 45-34

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl

Champion on the field: Air Force, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat New Mexico State 41-22
-New Mexico State beat New Mexico 32-31
-New Mexico beat Air Force 45-40

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Capital One Orange Bowl

Champion on the field: Florida State, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Florida State 63-20

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl

Champion on the field: LSU, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13

Transitive Champion: Auburn


TaxSlayer Bowl

Champion on the field: Georgia Tech, but…

-Auburn beat Ole Miss 40-29
-Ole Miss beat Georgia 45-14
-Georgia beat North Carolina 33-24
-North Carolina beat Georgia Tech 48-20

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Champion on the field: Alabama, but…

-Auburn beat Ole Miss 40-29
-Ole Miss beat Georgia 45-14
-Georgia beat North Carolina 33-24
-North Carolina beat Pittsburgh 37-36
-Pittsburgh beat Clemson 43-42
-Clemson beat Alabama 35-31

Transitive Champion: Auburn


PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Champion on the field: Clemson, but…

-Auburn beat Ole Miss 40-29
-Ole Miss beat Georgia 45-14
-Georgia beat North Carolina 33-24
-North Carolina beat Pittsburgh 37-36
-Pittsburgh beat Clemson 43-42

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Outback Bowl

Champion on the field: Florida, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas 56-3
-Arkansas beat Florida 31-10

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Goodyear Cotton Bowl

Champion on the field: Wisconsin, but…

-Auburn beat LSU 18-13
-LSU beat Louisville 29-9
-Louisville beat Florida State 63-20
-Florida State beat Michigan 33-32
-Michigan beat Wisconsin 14-7

Transitive Champion: Auburn


Rose Bowl Game

Champion on the field: USC, but…

-Auburn beat Arkansas State 51-14
-Arkansas State beat South Alabama 17-7
-South Alabama beat San Diego State 42-24
-San Diego State beat California 45-40
-California beat Utah 28-23
-Utah beat USC 31-27

Transitive Champion: Auburn


AllState Sugar Bowl

Champion on the field: Oklahoma, but…

-Auburn beat Ole Miss 40-29
-Ole Miss beat Memphis 48-28
-Memphis beat Houston 48-44
-Houston beat Oklahoma 33-23

Transitive Champion: Auburn


College Football National Championship

Champion on the field: Clemson, but…

-Auburn beat Ole Miss 40-29
-Ole Miss beat Georgia 45-14
-Georgia beat North Carolina 33-24
-North Carolina beat Pittsburgh 37-36
-Pittsburgh beat Clemson 43-42

Transitive Champion: Auburn


There you have it. I don’t care who won in one game on the field. I just used about every team in the nation to show that Auburn was better than all the rest. Print the shirts. Engrave the trophy. Auburn is your Transitive National Champion of 2016-17.