You know that when Auburn plays at Clemson on September 9, 2017, playoff aspirations will be at stake. But, did you know the teams will also be vying for the Championship Belt?
What am I talking about?
There’s a website called The College Football Belt that traces a lineal college football champion. That is, they follow a you-have-to-beat-the-best-to-be-the-best ideology.
The current belt holder is Clemson. So long as Cousin Clem can manage to beat Kent State on Sept 2, Auburn will get a shot at it the second week of the season.
The last time Auburn wore the belt was in early 2011, having won it from South Carolina in the 2010 SEC Championship game. We lost the belt to—yep, you remember—Clemson. You may also remember how excited Dabo Swinney was for Auburn’s winning streak to end in South Carolina.
Time to return the favor.
Our previous lineal champion status was 2007. We won the belt from Florida when Wes Byrum kicked two winning field goals in the Swamp, but lost it three weeks later at Baton Rouge.
Before that you have to go all the way back to 1983. Auburn won the belt from Florida then, too. That was a game worthy of title-fight status—the fourth ranked Tigers vs. the fifth ranked Gators. Auburn won because we had the heavyweight that no one could catch.
The Tigers held the belt for the rest of the season, of course, but lost it in the 1984 Kickoff Classic to Miami.
Those are the only times Auburn has worn the belt, according to the website’s published lineage, which begins in 1972.
With a win at Clemson we can add our name to that lineage once more. We can also end Clemson’s winning streak, and end our three-game losing streak to the Fightin’ Dabo’s.
Let’s bring the College Belt back to Auburn, and wear it for a long, long time.