Auburn Football: SEC Clashes That Tigers Fans Cannot Miss in 2012

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Quarterback Clint Moseley #15 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles during the game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Auburn Tigers will play in a handful of must-see SEC matchups in 2012.

The Tigers will be out for revenge against a couple of rivals and look to avoid being upset by another division foe on the road. 

The SEC is hands down the best conference in college football, and Auburn will prove that with these three matchups this fall.

Here we break down the conference battles that Tigers fans would be crazy to miss.

September 8: At Mississippi State

Tigers fans won't want to miss when Auburn kicks off conference play against Mississippi State on September 8.

Last year's early-season matchup between the two teams created more fireworks than anyone had anticipated. In the end, though, it was Auburn escaping Jordan-Hare Stadium with a seven-point win in a matchup that was tight throughout.

This SEC West rivalry is among the most underrated in college football. In 2010, Auburn edged the Bulldogs by just three points on the road. Fans are guaranteed a great game when Auburn and Mississippi State get together each fall.

With that said, Tigers fans must tune into Auburn's opening SEC clash in 2012.

September 22: LSU

On September 22, Auburn will be out to avenge its 35-point loss to the Bayou Bengals last season.

The burnt-orange and blue Tigers will have a real chance to do so now that Tyrann Mathieu is no longer flying around in LSU's defense and due to the fact that Auburn will be playing at home. Auburn topped LSU by a touchdown at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2010 and will have home-field advantage when the two teams meet in 2012.

The battle of the Tigers never disappoints and could very well decide which SEC West team advances to the conference championship to play the winner of the East.

There is plenty of bad blood between these two football programs, and it will surely show on the gridiron this fall. 

November 24: At Alabama

The Iron Bowl is always a can't-miss battle for Tigers fans, and the 2012 iteration will be no different.

The Crimson Tide steamrolled their in-state rivals in 2011 on their way to winning their second national championship in three seasons. Auburn will look to return the favor in 2012, beating Alabama in front of its home crowd to end the regular season. 

Although winning on the road against the Tide will be a tall task for the Tigers without Cam Newton under center, intense rivalry matchups such as this are always unpredictable. These two elite football programs have won the BCS National Championship Game each of the last three years, which will make for a wild showdown in Tuscaloosa this November. 

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