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Auburn officially headed to Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30 to play Memphis

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis gets a hug from Gus Malzahn Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl.
Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis gets a hug from Gus Malzahn Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl.

Auburn’s bowl destination was officially announced Sunday afternoon and it’s close to home.

The Tigers will be part of the 10th annual Birmingham Bowl at noon eastern. on Dec. 30 at Legion Field. They will face Memphis out of the American Athletic Conference.

It will be Auburn’s first appearance in the Birmingham Bowl. The team representing the SEC has won the last three matchups and the conference is 3-2 overall. Last year, Florida beat ECU 28-20.

The Birmingham Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN events.

Auburn had very few bowl assignment options thanks to its 6-6 record. The Tigers had the worst record of the SEC’s 10 bowl eligible teams.

With Alabama in the College Football Playoff, the SEC had spots to fill in the Sugar and Citrus Bowls.

The next group of bowl games the SEC has agreements with are known as the ‘pool of six’ and include the Outback Bowl, TaxSlayer Bowl, Music City Bowl, Texas Bowl, Belk Bowl and Liberty Bowl.

It left the Birmingham Bowl and Independence Bowl as Auburn’s possible destinations and Birmingham has first choice. SEC didn’t have enough teams to fill out all 11 of its bowl agreements.  

Auburn’s last game at Legion Field was a 31-17 loss to Alabama in 1998. The Iron Bowl was held at the neutral site for decades with the Tide holding a 32-15 advantage in games played at the 71,594-seat stadium.

The Tigers have reached the postseason for the last three years under coach Gus Malzahn and is 0-2 in those appearances. The program has an overall record of 22-15-2 record in bowl games.

Birmingham Bowl Past Results

2015 – Florida 28, ECU 20

2014 – Vanderbilt 41, Houston 24

2013 – Ole Miss 38, Pittsburgh 17

2012 – SMU 28, Pittsburgh 6

2011 – Pittsburgh 27, Kentucky 10

2010 – UConn 20, South Carolina 7

2009 – Rutgers 29, NC State 23

2008 – Cincinnati 31, Southern Miss 21

2007 – South Florida 24, East Carolina 7

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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