Auburn Football: Ranking the Hardest Games on Auburn's Schedule in 2013

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Auburn Football: Ranking the Hardest Games on Auburn's Schedule in 2013
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As of Thursday, March 13, there are 170 days until Auburn takes the field against Washington State to kick off the 2013 season.

If you live your life by Saturdays, that is approximately 23 Saturdays remaining without college football. 

Depressing, isn't it?

Coming off of a 3-9 season that saw the Tigers go winless in the SEC for the first time since 1980, it seems like an eternity that the Auburn faithful has to have a bad taste in their mouth.

New Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has appeared to stop the bleeding of the Auburn football program and injected optimism into the fanbase and football team. He accomplished this by hiring a top-notch coaching staff and landing a highly regarded recruiting class. 

The 2013 schedule shakes out much differently than the 2012 schedule, especially on the front end.

Last season, Auburn uncharacteristically played its first home game in Week 3 of the season after opening with Clemson at the Georgia Dome and playing against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., in Week 2.

Auburn opens up with three straight home games in 2013. 

On the back end, Auburn gets both Georgia and Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium to close out the season. That's good for 2013, but in 2014 that means Auburn will likely go on the road for both of those games. 

Vanderbilt falls off of the Tigers' schedule this fall and is replaced by a road trip to Rocky Top where two of the SEC's newest coaches in Malzahn and Tennessee's Butch Jones will square off. 

I've already given my pre-spring practice game-by-game predictions for Auburn. Now let's see which games will be the biggest challenge for the Tigers. 

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