Auburn Football: 10 BCS Teams That Auburn Should Schedule
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Much like Cal, it would be a classic matchup of cultures and would give Auburn some exposure out West.
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!"