Sept. 1, Kansas State, Jordan-Hare Stadium, 7:45 p.m.
The Tigers can’t overlook this opener. Sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman leads a free-wheeling passing attack.
Sept. 8, South Florida, Jordan-Hare Stadium, 9 p.m.
This is another team Auburn can ill afford to overlook. The Bulls finished 9-4 with a big win over West Virginia in the Big East. They’ll be looking for the upset.
Sept. 15, Mississippi State, Jordan-Hare Stadium, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 22, New Mexico State, Jordan-Hare Stadium, 7 p.m.
Hal Mumme brings his wide-open offense to Jordan-Hare, but the Aggies don’t have enough fire-power to topple the Tigers.
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Sept. 29, at Florida, Ben Griffin Stadium, TBA
If the Tigers can avoid a letdown in their first four games, this sets up to be one of the best games of the season. You can bet the Gators want revenge on the only team to knock them off en route to their national title. And this tilt is in their house!
Oct. 6, Vanderbilt, Jordan-Hare Stadium, TBA
The Commodores aren’t the doormat of the SEC any longer and they sport some top-notch athletes. They’ve given Auburn fits in the past, so the Tigers better not get caught looking ahead a week.
Oct. 13, at Arkansas, Razorback Stadium, TBA
Auburn will be seeking revenge on this trip. Bank on that. The Hogs embarrassed the Tigers a year ago on their home turf, spoiling what could have been an even better season. Stopping a Heisman candidate will be the goal for the Tigers.
Oct. 20, at LSU, Tiger Stadium, TBA
You can’t get much better than the last three contests between these teams, decided by a grand total of seven points. You can bet Tigers Stadium will be rocking. Those Cajuns know how to party and their memories are long. They still hold that cigar smoking at midfield against Tommy Tuberville.
Oct. 27, Ole Miss, Jordan-Hare Stadium, TBA The Rebels will have had time to settle in their new quarterback, and they’ll feature one of the best running backs in the league in BenJarvus Green-Ellis. But they’re still Ole Miss and the Rebels haven’t crossed the hump yet.
Nov. 3, Tennessee Tech, Jordan-Hare Stadium, 2:30 p.m.
It’s homecoming week. ’Nuff said. It’s a good week to find cheap tickets if you don’t mind watching a romp. Definitely focus on the tailgating and festivities.
Nov. 10, at Georgia, Sanford Stadium, TBA
The Bulldogs whipped the Tigers last year, knocking them out of a potential BCS bowl. The Tigers play well at Sanford Stadium, and they’ll be looking to deliver a world of hurt to sophomore quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Nov. 24, Alabama, Jordan-Hare Stadium, TBA
The Tigers have a fistful of wins over the Tide, but Alabama brought in proven winner Nick Saban to try and derail that run. Auburn’s looking for a thumb win for the second hand, but it will be much tougher to come by this year.