Clemson and Auburn have a lot in common, yet they went in different directions in 2011. One went on to win their conference championship and a BCS bowl berth, while the other dropped from its national championship status and played musical chairs with three quarterbacks.
These two teams will face off again in their season openers in the Georgia Dome, and they both have plenty to prove.
Clemson hopes to prove it can win on the big stage again after its 70-33 Orange Bowl loss, while Auburn tries to bounce back and retool with two new coordinators and a new starting quarterback.
With the game grabbing one of the primetime spotlights, here are some of the key headlines heading into the Sept. 1 opener.