#SECMD23: Auburn coach Hugh Freeze (AUDIO)

Auburn coach Hugh Freeze speaks to the media at the 2023 SEC Football Kickoff (Jimmie Mitchell/SEC)

It’s try it again time for both Auburn and new coach Hugh Freeze. The Tigers ended the two-year Bryan Harsin experiment last November, and Freeze was hired from Liberty, the fifth man to serve as the Tigers’ head coach since 2020, counting those carrying the interim tag.

So, Auburn starts over again, as does Freeze who was run out of Ole Miss for NCAA and other indiscretions following the 2016 season. Freeze resurrected his career at Liberty going 34-15 there in four seasons.

Freeze is known as one of the best offensive minds in college football. The quarterback competition will be led by returning starter Robby Ashford though he’ll be challenged by Michigan State transfer Peyton Thorne. Overall, 17 starters return including nine on a defense that allowed just under 30 points per game last season.

Hugh Freeze at SEC Media Days

2023 Auburn Schedule

Sept. 2 UMASS
Sept. 9 at California
Sept. 16 SAMFORD
Sept. 23 at Texas A&M*
Sept. 30 GEORGIA*
Oct. 14 at LSU*
Oct. 21 OLE MISS*
Nov. 4 at Vanderbilt*
Nov. 11 at Arkansas*
Nov. 25 ALABAMA*

2022 Results

5-7 Overall • 2-6 SEC
Home: 5-3 Away: 0-4 Neutral: 0-1 vs. Top 25: 0-4
Sept. 3 (RV/RV) MERCER W, 42-16 84,562
Sept. 10 [RV/RV] SAN JOSE STATE W, 24-16 83,340
Sept. 17 [RV/RV] PENN STATE (22/23) L, 12-41 87,451
Sept. 24 MISSOURI* W, 17-14 (OT) 85,750
Oct. 1 LSU (RV/RV)* L, 17-21 87,451
Oct. 8 at Georgia (2/2)* L, 10-42 92,746
Oct. 15 at Ole Miss (9/9)* L, 34-48 65,243
Oct. 29 ARKANSAS (RV/RV)* L, 27-41 83,792
Nov. 5 at Mississippi State (RV/RV)* L, 33-39 (OT) 57,769
Nov. 12 TEXAS A&M* W, 13-10 87,451
Nov. 19 WESTERN KENTUCKY W, 41-17 81,824
Nov. 26 at Alabama (8/7) L, 27-49 100,077

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