By CHARLES ODUMATLANTA (AP) -- One year after winning college football's biggest prize, Auburn's fall has been painful.
The unranked Tigers will finish the season Saturday night against Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Star running back Mike Dyer has been suspended, and there's no guarantee he'll return next season. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof has left for the same post at Central Florida, and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is coaching his final game with Auburn after being taking the head coaching job at Arkansas State.
Roof's exit cleared the way for coach Gene Chizik to take over the defense and demand accountability for a unit that gave up 38 or more points in each of its five losses.
Auburn (7-5) was outscored 246-160 in Southeastern Conference games. The Tigers' rushing defense ranks 98th in the nation.
Chizik is the former defensive coordinator at four schools, including Auburn and Texas. He has embraced his temporary return to the role.