Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Auburn Tigers learn their bowl fate | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Auburn Tigers learn their bowl fate | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

UCF: First appearance in Peach Bowl; ninth bowl overall.

UCF: The Knights were 0-12 two years ago and have gone 18-6 in the two seasons under coach Scott Frost.

"That's where I want to be", the Auburn coach said during a teleconference promoting the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

"It's interesting, we really work hard during the year to sell a lot of tickets, when you put the 12,500 allotments on top of that, we are really down to less than 2,000 upper level tickets", Stokan added.

Malzhan, an Arkansas champion high school coach at Hughes, Shiloh Christian and Springdale before his collegiate debut as Arkansas' offensive coordinator in 2006 followed by coordinating Tulsa and Auburn offenses through 2011, head coached Arkansas State in 2012 and head coached Auburn since 2013 including the national runner-up and SEC championship in 2013 and the 2017 SEC West championship before thumped, 28-7 in Saturday's SEC Championship game in Atlanta by the same SEC East champion Georgia Bulldogs team that Auburn routed 40-17 on November 11 in Auburn, Ala.

But the SEC Championship Game may not have mattered much at all in the playoff picture if Auburn hadn't melted down and blown a 20-0 lead at LSU in October.

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Auburn (10-3, 7-1 SEC) enters the game as SEC Western Division champions.

"I'm happy at Auburn".

Arkansas came after Malzahn, who was a successful high school coach in the state of Arkansas, with a lucrative offer, but he will remain on the Plains. We have great players. We've got a very good staff, and it is set up for us to win championships.

Malzahn led the seventh-ranked Tigers into the Southeastern Conference championship game but had faced repeated questions about whether he was interested in the Arkansas job in his home state.

Their two defeats would've been an eight-point road loss at No. 1 playoff seed Clemson without Kerryon Johnson and a 21-point non-neutral site loss to Georgia with their MVP and two defensive starters severely wounded.

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