27 Feb 2013
After winning a national championship at the conclusion of the 2010 season, Auburn's program trajectory has plummeted drastically. Following a 3-9 season in 2012, the Program FEI (PFEI) ranking for the Tigers dropped from No. 21 to No. 53 in one year. It was the second-largest negative change in PFEI of any team in the past 10 seasons and the largest by any team previously ranked among the top 40. (Washington State dropped from No. 49 to No. 95 in PFEI from 2007 to 2008). The road to recovery for Auburn under new head coach Gus Malzahn will take time, as will the road to recovery for four other programs that suffered steep PFEI falls this past season.
A visualization of Auburn's 25-year program ratings history can be found below. Links to visualizations of program rating histories for several top teams can be found here.