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Following Arkansas, Auburn will get to come home for Florida. Florida may have been down this past year, but all those top five recruiting classes are still there. With a new offense, Florida could prove to be very dangerous. Will Auburn have any energy left after two rough road tests to finish this game? At least they can feed off of the energy in Jordan-Hare.
Back on the road, the Tigers head to Baton Rouge for the second Tiger Bowl. Possibly the toughest place to play in the country, Tiger Stadium will rise up to bring in the national champs. LSU is as talented as anyone in the country and this is a team that is looking for another BCS crown. Auburn could be just running on fumes and adrenaline by this game, which does not bode well against that good of a team. Of course, with the "Mad Hatter" coaching, he'll find a way to make it close.
Ole Miss visits Jordan-Hare next and a simple look gives the Tigers a huge advantage in just about every area of this game. After playing four potential top 20 teams in a row, with three on the road, how could they possibly get fired up about this game? Any Houston Nutt team is dangerous, especially when they are the underdog, but maybe more so in this game, due to preceding events for Auburn.
Finally, there's a break as Auburn arrives at their bye.
Problem is, Auburn turns back around to a road trip to Athens the next week. A big rivalry game can never be overlooked, even if Georgia is struggling. Georgia does have potential to be pretty good next year though, just elongating Auburn's death stretch.
Next is the Birmingham power of Samford. The only question for the Samford game is will the starters touch the field after quarter one for the Tigers?
Next is the greatest rivalry in college sports, as Auburn squares off against Alabama in the Iron Bowl. Like LSU, Alabama is looking to challenge for a trip to the BCS Championship. Auburn is at home, but the road team has conquered the task of winning the last two years. There's no question that Auburn will be fired up, but can they hang around long enough to steal one at the end? History says yes, but this game more depends on how Alabama treats it. If motivation rolls over from 2010's collapse, then this game could be over quickly. This time , Alabama will hold that lead. If Alabama gets complacent, anything could happen.
This schedule does not line up well for the Tigers. I am not saying they are going to absolutely collapse, but managing that road will be extremely difficult.
Playing most of their tough games on the road is always interesting. Also, throw in the fact they get the three best Eastern teams and all the Western teams makes it that much worse.
If they can get on a roll, then good things can happen. If not, they better learn to bounce back from losses quickly, as their schedule provides little breathing room.