Auburn Football: 5 Crucial Games on Tigers' 2012 Schedule

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Auburn Football: 5 Crucial Games on Tigers' 2012 Schedule
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The AP preseason college football rankings have been released, and winning in the SEC looks to be no easier in 2012 than it has been over the last half decade. Six different Southeastern teams made the list and several others rest on its cusp.

The Auburn Tigers were one such team to fall just short of the AP Top 25 although they were 25th in the USA Today coaches' poll (not that the latter means anything).   

If Auburn fails to play in a meaningful bowl game come season’s end, it will certainly not be for a lack of quality opponents. They will have five games against Top 15 schools, including four against teams currently ranked in the Top 10. 

For all the vehement BCS opposition, it is undeniable that the current system makes any loss by a top program absolutely crippling. This is no truer than in the SEC. It is for that exact reason that trying to single out the most “crucial” games is particularly challenging.

These are the five matchups that carry the highest import for Auburn. 

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