AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is set to lock horns against a familiar non-conference foe beginning in 2016.
In an official release, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs announced Wednesday the school had agreed to a home-and-home series with Clemson in the 2016-17 seasons. Auburn will host Clemson on Sept. 3, 2016 at Jordan Hare Stadium. The following year, Auburn will head to Clemson's Memorial Stadium for a tussle on Sept. 9, 2017.
The matchup in 2016 will mark the 50th meeting between the two Tiger-named squads. The last time they met, Clemson took a 26-19 victory in the 2012 season opener in the Georgia Dome. Auburn owns the upper hand in the all-time series, however, holding a 34-13-2 advantage. Auburn is 20-4 against Clemson at Jordan-Hare Stadium and 10-6-1 on the road.
The series helps Auburn fulfill the SEC's requirement that every school schedule at least one team from a "Power 5" conference every season. This year, Auburn will take on Kansas State from the Big 12 and will open the 2015 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta versus ACC member Louisville.
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The game with Clemson further fills out Auburn's 2016 non-conference schedule. It was announced in May that the Tigers will host Arkansas State in 2016.