It’s tough to call this matchup a rivalry because the definition implies an equal playing field between the two sides.
That hasn’t been the case since Auburn and Ole Miss started facing off in 1928. Auburn holds a 29-11 advantage. In the last decade, Auburn is 7-3 against the Rebels.
The Tigers have dominated since the schools began playing annually in 1984. Here’s a look at the top-5 games of the last decade.
5. Auburn 51, Ole Miss 31 (2010)
The game didn’t wow viewers at the time, but it was yet another sign that we were watching one of the greatest college football players of all time.
By his standards, Cam Newton actually had a down game against the Rebels in 2010. Newton only threw for 209 yards and 2 touchdowns. He rushed for 45 more. On the other hand, Newton lined up at receiver and caught a touchdown pass in the 20-point win.
This had more to do with the team aspect than the individual.
Newton, already a shoo-in for the Heisman ceremony, helped ease Auburn to a 9-0 record. The Tigers held a 17-point lead at halftime and never let up. In the win, Newton joined Carnell Williams and Kodi Burns as the only Auburn players to throw a touchdown, run for a touchdown and catch a touchdown in the same season.
4. Auburn 23, Ole Miss 17 (2006)
As far as games go, this was one of the better ones. But, because it required dipping one year outside of the decade, it settles in at No. 4.
Auburn entered as the much better team at 7-1. Ole Miss was 2-6 going into the matchup. The game, however, felt like another competitive SEC West showdown.
Halfway through the fourth quarter, the score was knotted at 17. Ultimately, Auburn prevailed with a pair of field goals at the 7:35 mark and 0:35 mark to give the Tigers a 6-point cushion.
Brandon Cox had one of his better performances, tossing for 253 yards and a touchdown.
3. Ole Miss 27, Auburn 19 (2015)
Here’s the only Auburn loss to make the list, and it came in the most recent matchup.
By this point, Auburn already had ruled out most of its preseason goals. The Tigers still had their sights set on getting to a quality bowl game. Auburn entered at 4-3, and the result of the Ole Miss game would have a major impact on the team’s finish.
In a bit of redemption (check No. 1), Laquon Treadwell snagged a tricky fourth-quarter touchdown pass to squeak out the 8-point win for the Rebels. Auburn still had a chance of Jordan-Hare magic with a Hail Mary shot from Jeremy Johnson on the final play of the game.
Sean White had 258 passing yards, a good sign of things to come.
2. Auburn 30, Ole Miss 22 (2013)
At the time, it was dubbed an upset. In reality, it probably served as Auburn’s much-needed jump-start.
Two weeks before Ole Miss, Auburn lost by 2 touchdowns to LSU and had its bye week. Nobody knew the relentlessness with which the Tigers would exit the bye week.
Unranked Auburn entered to play No. 24 Ole Miss in what was considered a chance for the Rebels to bounce back after a shutout loss to the Crimson Tide. It turned out to be all, or mostly, Auburn.
The Tigers took a 20-6 lead at halftime, and they never relinquished their advantage.
Nick Marshall began to display just how dangerous he could be as a runner. Marshall rushed for 140 yards and 2 touchdowns. The win, ultimately, wasn’t that exciting of a game, but it set the stage for the national championship run that really took off once Auburn came out of the post-LSU bye week.
1. Auburn 35, Ole Miss 31 (2014)
Writing the score of the game is enough to make your shin bones hurt.
This was the game that left Auburn fans unsure how they should feel after a win. The Tigers continued their attempt at back-to-back SEC titles with a successful SEC West road game, but it came at the expense of one of the most fun players to watch in the SEC: Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.
Treadwell made a last-minute dash for the end zone. As he tried to break the plane, Treadwell was met by an Auburn defender who stripped the ball. Treadwell lost possession, Cassanova McKinzy recovered it and Treadwell suffered a devastating broken left leg.
It’s a replay that got shown too many times because officials had to see if Treadwell broke the plane before losing control of the football. Ultimately, it turned into the audience watching a guy shatter his leg over and over.
It might make you queasy, but it’s the best game the rivalry has seen this decade.