Auburn Football

Auburn Football: Analyzing the Rest of the Schedule

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Running back Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers runs in for a touchdown past defensive back Charles Mitchell #4 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the first half on September 10, 2011 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Matthew BrennanCorrespondent IISeptember 16, 2011

The Auburn Tigers are off to a 2-0 start to their 2011 campaign, but there are still some very tough matchups remaining on the schedule. Five of the 10 remaining games are against opponents currently ranked in the AP Top 25. Starting with Saturday’s trip to Clemson, here is a look at the rest of Auburn’s schedule and how their opponents have fared so far.

 

At Clemson

The Tigers, who haven’t defeated Auburn since 1951, are 2-0 on the season. They haven’t impressed, trailing Troy at halftime in the first game before struggling to defeat an FCS school, Wofford, in Week 2.

 

Vs. Florida Atlantic

The Owls have gotten off to a brutal start, scoring a total of three points in their first two games against Florida and Michigan State. They are off this week before visiting Auburn next Saturday night.

 

At South Carolina

The Gamecocks are currently ranked No. 10 after defeating East Carolina and Georgia. They host Navy and Vanderbilt before the Tigers come to town on October 1.

 

At Arkansas

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 10:  John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators runs for yardage during a game against the UAB Blazers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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The Razorbacks host Troy this weekend. They are ranked No. 14 after trouncing New Mexico and Missouri State. When they host Auburn on October 8, it will be their third straight game against a ranked opponent.

 

Vs. Florida

The Gators, coached by former Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, outscored Florida Atlantic and UAB by a combined 80-3 to begin the season. Florida hasn’t won in Auburn since 1999, losing their last two games.

 

At LSU

The No. 3 Tigers look like a BCS contender after easily defeating Oregon in the season opener. A good comparison to how they match up with Auburn came on Thursday night when they visited Mississippi State. Auburn has lost their last five games in Baton Rouge.

 

Vs. Ole Miss

Ole Miss was upset at home by BYU to open the season before getting past an FCS school, Southern Illinois. Auburn has defeated the Rebels in four of the last five meetings.

 

At Georgia

The Bulldogs came up short in two marquee games to start the season, falling to Top 10 teams Boise State and South Carolina.

 

Vs. Samford

The Bulldogs fell to FCS power Georgia Southern before easily defeating a Division II school, Stillman. The trip to Auburn will be Samford’s final game of the season.

 

Vs. Alabama

The Crimson Tide are at No. 2 in the polls after a convincing win at Penn State and an easy victory over Kent. They host North Texas this weekend before a visit from Arkansas. The home team has lost the last two editions of the Iron Bowl, with the winner going on to reach the BCS Championship Game in both years.

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