The Auburn football team of 1983 made a statement that echoes still today. It said loudly and clearly that Auburn could win championships, could be among the nation’s elite. When the Tigers of 1983 finished 11-1 in Pat Dye’s third season as head coach, beating Michigan in the Sugar Bowl, they did something only one team Auburn team before them had done. They won a Southeastern Conference championship. They also won, among others, The New York Times computer poll national championship.