Is Auburn in decline? Bill Connelly’s chart would seem to suggest so.
If you’re looking for the English translation,
If you completely remove 2010 from the chart above, you get a pretty clearly defined, seven-year downward trend. That Auburn not only bucked its trend and played at an elite level in 2010, but won a national title, is still just the damnedest thing.
Of course Matt Hayes would tell you that’s just the result of playing Georgia every year.