1. 2023 vs. New Mexico State, 31-10
The wound may be fresh, but even when you look beyond recency bias, this is a truly and utterly brutal defeat. Auburn hadn’t lost to a non-power conference team since 1991. New Mexico State had never defeated an SEC team in program history.
Beyond those historic marks, it was also just an embarrassing performance from the Tigers. They were dominated in nearly every statistical category. New Mexico State steamrolled Auburn in a way that even Georgia didn’t.
The Tigers just decided not to show up. It was really as simple as that.
They had won three straight SEC games heading into this game, and clearly, all their focus was on the Iron Bowl. It’s normal for teams to get caught off guard in a spot like this, but Auburn never adjusted. The energy never kicked into gear.
In fact, the Tigers were worse after the halftime break. After being outscored 10-7 in the first half, Auburn managed only three points in a second half in which New Mexico State dropped 21.
It was bad. It was really, really bad.