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Auburn Football: 5 Power-Conference Teams the Tigers Could Play in 2016 and 2017
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While this Auburn offseason has been newsworthy for recruiting battles, summer workouts and discussions on retroactive claims of national championships, another key issue came up at last week's SEC spring meetings in Destin, Florida.

Auburn has its opponents set for its 2015 schedule, which includes a Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Louisville in Atlanta, but its nonconference slate past next season still looks bare, as Arkansas State is the only confirmed opponent for 2016 and beyond.

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs wants to fix that soon. Jacobs told AL.com's Brandon Marcello that the Tigers are attempting to finalize a contract with a Power 5 conference opponent for a 2016 home game and a 2017 road game geographically close to Auburn. If a home game cannot be settled, Jacobs said Auburn "may do a neutral site game in '16 and come back home in '17 or vice versa."

According to Marcello, Auburn's discussions have included teams in the ACC, but the school is open to other conferences. Jacobs also said he would love for the Tigers to play "Notre Dame, Michigan (or) Florida State. All those teams that are traditionally good teams" in the future.

While many of the country's top programs have finalized their opponents for 2016 and 2017, there are a few power-conference teams that have some empty spaces in their schedules. Here's a look at five premier opponents Auburn fans could see down the road.

 

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