Auburn Football: 10 BCS Teams That Auburn Should Schedule

Dan GruczaContributor IMarch 7, 2011

Auburn Football: 10 BCS Teams That Auburn Should Schedule

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Auburn University's War Eagle VI gracefully soars onto the field before the home football game between the Auburn University Tigers and the University of Kentucky Wildcats on October 23, 2004 at Jordan-Hare stadium in Auburn, Ala
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    Auburn is scheduled to play Clemson in the next two years.

    If last year's thriller and the 2007 Chick-fil-A Bowl are any indication, fans of both schools are in for a treat.

    But what if you were Jay Jacobs for a day and could fill out the schedule with one marquee non-conference game each year, who would you pick? Factors to consider include TV matchups, recruiting, national exposure and position in the rankings.

    I read an article from a Syracuse sports writer about his trip to Auburn and how it was the epitome of college football. That is another factor to consider: home and home games against schools in which fans from around the nation could come and enjoy some of the finest traditions in all of college football—Tiger Walk, the eagle flight and Toomer's Corner.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 04: Student fans of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish watch as the Irish take on the Purdue Boilermakers at Notre Dame Stadium on September 4, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Purdue 23-12. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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    To my knowledge, Auburn and Notre Dame have never met on the gridiron. The game would bring Auburn tremendous national exposure, as the Fighting Irish have a national following. Also, a return trip to South Bend would give Tiger fans a chance to view Touchdown Jesus firsthand.

Boston College Eagles

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  The Boston College Eagles mascot and the Virginia Tech Hokies mascot square off on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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    Who can forget the 1982 Tangerine Bowl when Bo Jackson led Auburn over Doug Flutie and the Boston College Eagles? 

    If Auburn is going to play ACC teams, why not one in the Northeast that will give Auburn exposure to that media?

    Also, for the game played there, make sure it is in September so Auburn fans can take in a game at Fenway Park that weekend!

Michigan Wolverines

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    ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 16:  A general view of Michigan Stadium, 'The Big House', during the game between the University of Michigan Wolverines and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers at Michigan Stadium on November 16, 2002 in Ann Arbor, Michiga
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    One of Auburn's biggest wins came against Michigan in the 1983 Sugar Bowl and should have propelled the Tigers to a national championship, as they entered the bowl season ranked third and won while both No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Texas lost.

    Anyway, the 2001 Citrus Bowl was a classic, as the Wolverines pulled out a 31-28 thriller.

    My only hesitation with adding a Big Ten School is that the SEC and Big Ten are paired up in most bowl games, and it seems they will eventually play each other anyway.

Cal Bears

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    BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Jeff Tedford of the California Golden Bears watches his team warm up before their game against the Stanford Cardinal at California Memorial Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/
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    The BCS National Championship Game with Oregon presented quite a contrast in cultures.

    It would be great to see Cal fans eating barbecue in Auburn and Tiger fans in Berkeley.

Texas Longhorns

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 02:  Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #7 of the Texas Longhorns reacts during play against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl on October 2, 2010 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Auburn and the Longhorns have played some great games in past. The Longhorns made the trip to Jordan-Hare to christen the new upper deck in the 1990 season opener, and the Tigers made the trip to Austin the following year, winning both games.

    Scheduling the Longhorns would also give Mack Brown a firsthand look at Auburn's coordinators.

Miami Hurricanes

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes hrows the ball against the Florida State Seminoles on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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    The Tigers and Hurricanes last played in the 1984 Kick-Off Classic in the Meadowlands to somewhat settle the disputed 1983 national championship.

    It would be good to see these teams meet again and give the Tigers some exposure in the fertile Miami recruiting area.

Pitt Panthers

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    PISCATAWAY, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  Dion Lewis #28 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs against the the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights on October 16, 2009 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    This seems like a natural matchup. Both schools have had some great teams yet seem to be in the shadow of another school in their state.

    It would give Auburn more exposure in the Big East and national media. Also, Auburn fans would have to take in a Steelers game when the game is played in Pittsburgh.

Syracuse Orange

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30: Alec Lemon #15 of the Syracuse Orange is tackled by Emmanuel Lamur #23  of the Kansas State Wildcats during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty
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    Ever since the famous "Tie-Dye" Sugar Bowl, Syracuse fans have wanted another shot at Auburn.

    Who can forget the trip to Syracuse right after 9/11, when it seemed the whole country was rooting for Syracuse to beat Auburn?

    Also, we all know how The New York Times just loves the Tigers!

Stanford Cardinal

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal a 58-yard touchdown to COby FLeener #82 in the fourth quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami,
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    Much like Cal, it would be a classic matchup of cultures and would give Auburn some exposure out West.

Oklahoma Sooners

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Bob Stoops looks on while taking on the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Auburn fans still have a bad taste in their mouth from the snub in 2004 and feel like they would have beaten the USC Trojans that year if given a shot to play for the BCS national championship.

    Tiger fans felt they definitely would have given a better showing than Oklahoma and have wanted a piece of the Sooners ever since.

    It would be a great college football game. "Boomer Sooner" and "War Eagle!"