In 2003 Auburn was ranked 6th in the preseason polls. There was a lot of hype surrounding this team, and many had picked Auburn to win the SEC and contend for the national title. The Tigers were the only SEC team in the Top 10 during the preseason.
A very tough opponent awaited Auburn in the opener, in fact, the first two opponents were going to be tests, and if the Tigers could somehow get past them two, they would possibly be 4-0 when Tennessee came calling to Jordan-Hare. Things didn't pan out that way as the team started flat, and lost both to USC and Ga. Tech.
Vandy was next, and Auburn looked as though they had righted the ship after easily dispensing of the Commodores, and lowly Western Kentucky the next week. Now all eyes were looking toward the visiting Volunteers. Could this Tiger team right the ship and salvage what had been an horrific start to the season?