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August 21, 2013

Auburn football: 2014 schedule has Tigers hosting Arkansas in opener, traveling to Georgia and Alabama

BY RYAN BLACK | rblack@ledger-enquirer.com

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn won’t have much of a chance to work its way into the 2014 campaign.

Auburn will have seven home games at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2014. The Tigers released their schedule for next season on Wednesday. (File photo)

Auburn will have seven home games at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2014. The Tigers released their schedule for next season on Wednesday. (File photo)

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.

2014 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)

3 Comments

  1. Is the both-UAT-and-UGA away in even years and home during oddyears now a permanent schedule fixture, or is this another “bridge” schedule? (And, if it is the latter, does that mean we will also go to UGA in 2015 to balance things back out?)

    Comment by JD4AU — August 21, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  2. […] 11. When Auburn opens against Arkansas, it will be the first time the Tigers have opened with a conference game in 18 years. […]

    Pingback by 2014 Schedule Roundup: Reaction And Notes From Around The League — August 21, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

  3. JD4AU: All we know is that 2014 is a “stand-alone” schedule, meaning it won’t affect 2015 and beyond. We’ll just have to see, but — just guessing here — I would think Auburn will return to Athens in 2015 to get back on a regular home-and-home rotation. –RB

    Comment by Ryan Black — August 21, 2013 @ 5:21 pm

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