AUBURN, Ala. — Excuse Auburn if it starts its game against Tennessee a bit sluggish.
The Tigers might still be adjusting to their earliest kickoff of the season, after all. The SEC announced Monday that Auburn's game against Tennessee on Nov. 9 — which doubles as the Tigers' final road contest of 2013 — will begin at noon ET. Auburn has had only two games that did not begin at night: the Oct. 12 homecoming affair against Western Carolina that started at 2 p.m. ET and 3:30 p.m. ET affair in College Station, Texas, versus Texas A&M on Oct. 19.
This is the first year Auburn and Tennessee will face each other since 2009, which saw the Tigers also travel to Neyland Stadium. In that game, Auburn came away victorious, beating Tennessee 26-22 to improve to 5-0 under first-year head coach Gene Chizik.
Both of the coaches in this season's contest — Auburn's Gus Malzahn and Tennessee's Butch Jones — are in the first year at their respective schools. Malzahn has Auburn 7-1 (3-1 in the SEC) and No. 11 in the latest BCS Standings, while Jones has Tennessee 4-4 overall (1-3 SEC). This weekend, Tennessee making the trek to Columbia, Mo., to tussle with the Missouri Tigers.
Tennessee isn't on Auburn's mind this week, though, as it still has business to attend to this Saturday, traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to square off against Arkansas.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 6 p.m. ET