AUBURN, Ala. -- Those already looking to next year for the Auburn football program got a major glimpse at what the Tigers will face in 2013.
The SEC unveiled the 2013 league schedule, dictating that Auburn will host Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Alabama while traveling to LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee.
After opening this year's league slate in Starkville, Auburn will host its 2013 SEC opener against Mississippi State on Sept. 14 - week three of the college football season. The following week, Auburn goes to Baton Rouge to face LSU, before a week off from conference action.
Ole Miss comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium on Oct. 5, the last home SEC game for awhile. Auburn plays in road SEC environments three out of four weeks, beginning with Texas A&M in College Station (Oct. 19), Arkansas (Nov. 2) and Tennessee (Nov. 9), a new addition to the Tigers' schedule from this year replacing Vanderbilt.
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Auburn closes up SEC shop back at home against Georgia (Nov. 16) and Alabama in the Iron Bowl (Nov. 30). Georgia will visit Jordan-Hare Stadium in consecutive years due to scheduling needs.
Auburn's release indicated the 2013 non-conference schedule would be announced "in the near future." Arkansas State, led by former Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, is already slotted to play at Jordan-Hare on Sept. 7.
Per the SEC, the 2013 schedule is considered a “bridge” schedule and not based on any other previous or future scheduling formats. League athletic directors will convene next spring to begin formulating schedules for the 2014 season and beyond.