Issue hits newsstands Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Sept. 23, 2005

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn football program has been recognized as the 21st-greatest college football program of all time by Street & Smith's Specialty Publications.

Street & Smith's "50 Greatest College Football Programs of All Time," a 128-page issue, will be available on newsstands nationwide on Tuesday, October 4. The Auburn spread encapsulates the football team's proud history and includes such football greats as Ralph "Shug" Jordan, Bo Jackson and Cadillac Williams.

Street & Smith's graded each program's football history - reaching back to the game's origins in the 1860s - on a combination of national championships, undefeated seasons, major bowl wins and appearances, conference championships, all-time winning percentage, graduation rate, All-Americans, Heisman Trophy winners, No. 1 draft picks, NCAA infractions and even mascot ferocity.

Notre Dame University tops the list, followed by USC and Oklahoma. With eight programs making the list, the SEC tied the Big Ten and the ACC for most schools in the top 50. However, with none of its schools finishing lower than 32, the SEC had the highest average ranking of any conference.