|1979 Auburn Tigers football|
|1979 record||8–3 (4–2 SEC)|
|Offensive scheme||Veer, I|
|Defensive coordinator||P. W. Underwood (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Jordan–Hare Stadium|
|1979 Southeastern Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Alabama $||6||–||0||–||0||12||–||0||–||0|
|No. 16 Auburn||4||–||2||–||0||8||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1979 Auburn Tigers football team achieved an overall record of 8–3 under head coach Doug Barfield, which would be his best season as head coach. The Tigers went 4–2 in the SEC. They finished the season ranked #16 in the AP poll, but were not ranked in the UPI due to probation.
Prior to the start of the season, on May 11, Auburn was placed on probation by the NCAA as a result of an investigation into violations dating back to 1974.
Five players were named to the All-SEC first team for 1979: running back James Brooks, running back Joe Cribbs, linebacker Freddy Smith, defensive tackle Frank Warren, and offensive tackle George Stephenson. Joe Cribbs was also named the SEC Most Valuable Player for that year.
|September 15||Kansas State*||W 26–18||50,132|
|September 22||Southern Miss*||W 31–9||45,226|||
|September 29||at Tennessee||L 17–35||85,936|
|October 6||No. 14 N.C. State*||W 44–31||51,146|
|October 13||Vanderbilt||No. 18||W 52–35||47,900|
|October 20||at Georgia Tech*||No. 14||W 38–14||54,236|
|October 27||at No. 18 Wake Forest*||No. 13||L 38–42||34,060|
|November 3||Florida||No. 20||W 19–13||58,384|
|November 10||at Mississippi State||No. 16||W 14–3||59,186|
|November 17||at Georgia||No. 15||W 33–13||63,000|
|December 1||vs. No. 1 Alabama||No. 14||L 18–25||77,918|
|1979 Auburn Tigers football team roster|
- 2011 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 182–4,150–151 (2011). Retrieved August 19, 2011
- 2005 Auburn Tigers Football Media Guide, Auburn University Athletic Department, Auburn, Alabama, pp. 142–143, 178–180 (2005). Retrieved August 19, 2011
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- "Auburn wins one for Doug". The Anniston Star. September 23, 1979. Retrieved March 25, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
- Eugene Register-Guard. 1979 Nov 18.