Know Your Foes: Auburn Football's Upcoming SEC Schedule
Auburn is starting to get into the heart of their SEC schedule, and they are looking for a chance to take the division crown away from Alabama.
If they want a chance to compete for a College Football Playoff spot, then they will have to compete against some of the toughest teams in the country:
Auburn vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 28): After defeating the Tigers 23-9 behind a run heavy offensive philosophy, the Bulldogs travel to Jordan-Hare Stadium for their annual matchup. Gus Malzahn will look to establish the run and rely on the continued development of quarterback Bo Nix to guide the Tigers to a home win. The defense, especially the defensive line, will try to put pressure on Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader and shut down the potent run game of the Bulldogs.
Auburn at Florida (Oct. 5): Barring any major upsets, this will be billed as a top-10 matchup in Gainesville. The Tigers own a three-game winning streak against the Gators, with the teams last facing each other in 2011. Florida will be playing with their backup quarterback Kyle Trask, as Feleipe Franks is out for the season with a dislocated right ankle. Both teams have strong defenses, and it should be intriguing to watch the Tigers play in The Swamp.
Auburn at Arkansas (Oct. 19): The Tigers come off a bye week and travel to Fayetteville to face the Razorbacks, who are still looking to find an identity in the SEC under coach Chad Morris. In last year’s outing, Auburn dominated at home 34-3, extending their win streak against Arkansas to three. Look for the Tigers to use their patented run game to wear out the Razorbacks’ defense.
Auburn at LSU (Oct. 26): This was a thrilling game last year in Jordan-Hare Stadium, as LSU kicked a game winning field goal to defeat Auburn 22-21. The Tigers look to seek revenge as they travel to Baton Rouge to face the bayou Tigers and snap their current two game losing streak in the series. Ed Orgeron has his Tigers looking as potent as ever on the offensive side of the ball, with a resurgence at quarterback led by Joe Burrow. This should be another game that comes down to the wire.
Auburn vs. Ole Miss (Nov. 2): After being on the road all October, the Tigers play the Rebels to start their stretch of four straight home games to end the season. Auburn took care of business last year, defeating Ole Miss 31-16 in Oxford, extending their winning streak to three. JaTarvious “Boobie” Whitlow had a monster game, rushing for 170 yards and scoring a touchdown. This year, Ole Miss has a new starter at quarterback in Matt Coral, and they will look to pull off the shocking upset on the road.
Auburn vs. Georgia (Nov. 16): These two teams face off in another edition of “The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.” The Bulldogs won last year 27-10 in Athens behind a strong game from running back D’Andre Swift, who gashed the Tigers for 186 yards and a touchdown. Gus Malzahn will look to pull off another home win against Georgia, who Auburn defeated at home in 2017 when the Bulldogs came into Jordan-Hare Stadium as the number one ranked team.
Auburn vs. Alabama (Nov. 30): This edition of the Iron Bowl comes back to the Plains as the Tigers hope some more magic will take place in 2019. Alabama poses another tough threat, as they return a majority of the team that soundly defeated Auburn 52-21 in Tuscaloosa last year. Bo Nix will get his first taste of the rivalry, while Tua Tagovailoa will experience his first time as a starter at Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Crimson Tide.