Auburn's Best Seasons (3 Major Sports)

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    With the College World Series starting tonight (weather permitting), the 2017-2018 college sports season is in its final stage. Auburn closed the year in with a heartbreaking baseball loss to Florida in the Super Regional final. Looking back on the season that was, Auburn truly had a great year. The football team was finished the season in the top ten and was 1 quarter away from a birth in the college football playoff. The basketball team made waves in winning the SEC Championship and making the tournament for the first time since 2003. The baseball team’s season ended in Gainsville with a ball that bounced off of a glove in extra innings in a road game against the number 1 team in the country. I wanted to look back at how the 3 major sports teams at Auburn have faired throughout its history. I wanted to look at seasons with the format as close to the format we have now. I settled on starting with the 1947 season because that was the first year of the College World Series. I took the winning % of each team and combined them to create a list of seasons that were the best fit. I felt this was the best way to compensate for differences in games played per sport. I’ve compiled the top 10 seasons and they are in the following format

    YEAR – FOOTBALL WIN % – BASKETBALL WIN % – BASEBALL WIN % – OVERALL WIN %

    1. 1957 – 100% – 73% – 68% – 80%
    The football team won their first national championship this season finishing 10-0. The basketball team finished ranked number 16 with a record of 16-6 and the baseball team won the SEC Championship finishing 17-8.

    2. 1958 – 90% – 91% – 56% – 79%
    The football team finished 9-1 ranked 4th in the country and did not appear in a bowl game. The Basketball team is why this team has such a high rating, finished 20-2 and a final ranking of 8th. The baseball team finished with a record of 15-11-1.

    3. 1959 – 70% – 86% – 65% – 74%
    Football finished 7-3 and unraked, again they did not play in a bowl game. The basketball team was 19-3 and was ranked 11th. The baseball team was 15-8.

    4. 1994 – 82% – 55% – 79% – 72%
    With a 9-1-1 record, football did not play in a bowl game. Basketball finished 16-13. it was the baseball team that carried the load this year with a record of 50-13 and a loss in the OKC Super Regional to OU.

    5. 2017 – 71% – 76% – 65% – 71%
    The football team finished 10-4 and #10 with a loss in the SEC Championship and a loss in their second consecutive New Years 6 bowl. The basketball team finished 26-8 ranked 19th with a loss to Clemson in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The baseball team finished 43-23 with and a heartbreaking loss to Flordia in the Gainsville Super Regional.

    6. 1962 – 60% – 82% – 68% – 70%
    7. 1983 – 92% – 65% – 53% – 70%
    8. 1953 – 64% – 67% – 77% – 69%
    9. 1993 – 100% – 39% – 68% – 69%
    10. 1974 – 83% – 69% – 53% – 69%

    OTHER SEASONS OF NOTE

    16. 2004 – 100% – 45% – 57% – 67%
    27. 2010 – 100% – 35% – 50% – 62%
    34. 2013 – 88% – 47% – 50% – 61%

    I understand everyone wants rings at the end of the season. This was an effort to see a collective effort by the 3 major teams and how successful they were with wins and losses. What we saw in the 2017-2018 season is something has only been beaten by 4 other teams in Auburn history. All 3 teams left us with reasons to believe that next season will be better. Better for the Football team means a spot in the CFP. Better for the Basketball team means another SEC Championship and a Final Four birth. Better for the Baseball team means a spot in the College World Series. Let us remember this season as a successful season which we can build on and have a great season next year.

    @AuburnEinstein

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