BY RYAN BLACK | firstname.lastname@example.org
AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn won’t have much of a chance to work its way into the 2014 campaign.
The Tigers will open the 2014 season at home against SEC West rival Arkansas on Aug. 30, the first time in 18 years will start their season with a conference game. The last time that happened, Auburn beat Ole Miss 46-13 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
For the first time in its history, Auburn will travel to both Georgia (Nov. 15) and Alabama (Nov. 29) in the same year. That balances out this season, when the Tigers host the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide. The scheduling quirk came about due to the SEC’s addition of Texas A&M and Missouri in 2012.
The rest of their conference slate has Auburn heading to Mississippi State on Oct. 11 and Ole Miss on Nov. 1 and playing LSU (Oct. 4), South Carolina (Oct. 25) and Texas A&M (Nov. 8) at home.
In sum, Auburn will have seven home games in 2014, including four of the first five, with the one road contest being a non-conference affair against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan. It is a return game for the Tigers after the Wildcats visited Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2007. Auburn won that game 23-13. The last time Auburn played at KSU was in the 1978 season opener, when the Tigers beat the Wildcats 45-32.
Auburn has three other non-conference games next season: San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and Samford, all at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Tigers also have a pair of open dates, on Sept. 13 and Oct. 18, respectively.
The SEC released next year’s conference schedule for all league teams Wednesday, while Auburn released its entire schedule.
Aug. 30, vs. Arkansas
Sept. 6, vs. San Jose State
Sept. 13, Open date
Sept. 20, at Kansas State
Sept. 27, vs. Louisiana Tech
Oct. 4, vs. LSU
Oct. 11, at Mississippi State
Oct. 18, Open date
Oct. 25, vs. South Carolina
Nov. 1, at Ole Miss
Nov. 8, vs. Texas A&M
Nov. 15, at Georgia
Nov. 22, vs. Samford
Nov. 29, at Alabama
(Home games in bold)