SEC Schedule Ranking: #5 Auburn Tigers

Auburn Tigers - AUThe Auburn Tigers’ expectations were sky high in 2014 after their trip to the 2013 BCS National Championship Game and they were still in the hunt late in the year when they started 7-1 but finished the season 1-5 with their only win coming against Samford. The expectations part hasn’t changed on The Plains but Tiger fans are hoping for a better finish to the 2015 season.

The month of September give Auburn no time to ease into the season as they open 2015 with a neutral site game against a Louisville in Atlanta. The Cardinals surprised everyone with a nine wins in their inaugural ACC season. Week two is about as much as a break as Auburn will get when FCS opponent Jacksonville State visits Auburn for the home opener. But don’t allow the FCS moniker fool you, the Gamecocks are a motivated bunch who only lost three games in 2014 & are ranked in the top five preseason among FCS schools. Auburn will make their first true road trip on September 19th when they travel to Death Valley to take on the LSU Tigers. September finally ends for the Tigers with a home date with the

Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson
Auburn QB Jeremy Johnson

Mississippi State Bulldogs who have proven to be a thorn in the Tigers’ side over the past few seasons.

October begins with another home game against the San Jose State Spartans from the Mountain West Conference before a bye week. Following the bye week, Auburn will have back-to-back road games against Kentucky & Arkansas. The Tigers travel to Lexington for a Thursday night contest with an allegedly much improved Wildcat squad that is looking to turn the corner in year three under head coach Mark Stoops. The second leg of the two-game road trip will be against the much improved Arkansas Razorbacks who finished the season 2-2 in conference play. The final game of October brings Auburn back home to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. The Rebels as well as the rest of America feel that Ole Miss deserved to win this game last year when star Rebel wide receiver Laquon Treadwell broke his leg in the end zone in the final minutes. I expect an emotional Rebel team to show up in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Halloween night.

November doesn’t get much easier for Auburn when they open on the road at Kyle Field against Texas A&M who shocked the Tigers in Auburn last November. Auburn will finish out the season with three straight home games beginning with The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry against the despised Georgia Bulldogs. The last time the boys in red & black were on The Plains, the Tigers were celebrating the ‘Tip Six’. That’s a much better memory than last year’s 34-7 thumping in Athens. The following week the Idaho Vandals, who finished the season 1-10 in 2014, come down south and visit Jordan-Hare Stadium. November 28th brings the Iron Bowl against the hated Alabama Crimson Tide who scored 28 points in 18 minutes to beat the Tigers in Tuscaloosa.

As I mentioned earlier, the expectations in Auburn haven’t wavered and even though 2014 was a bit of a disappointment at 8-5. The 2015 season will be an interesting one for the Tigers but the schedule makers didn’t give them an easy road by any stretch of the imagination.

Auburn University - Auburn, Alabama
Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

Auburn 2015 Schedule

Sept 5th          v. Louisville (In Atlanta)
Sept 12th        v. Jacksonville State
Sept 19th        at LSU
Sept 26th        v. Mississippi State
Oct 3rd            v. San Jose State
Oct 10th          BYE WEEK
Oct 15th          at Kentucky (Thursday)
Oct 24th          at Arkansas
Oct 31st           v. Ole Miss
Nov 7th           at Texas A&M
Nov 14th         v. Georgia
Nov 21st          v. Idaho
Nov 28th        v. Alabama

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