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Previewing Auburn’s 2018 Schedule

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The time around talking season continues as scheduing continues to be the topic during the summer while awaiting the 2018 SEC Football season. It has been Alabama racking up the honors adding future opponents as far ahead as 2029, and recently added Central Michigan for 2023. I previewed the Crimson Tide and Arkansas’ 2018 schedule and what to possibly expect. Now it is time to look at Auburn’s upcoming schedule with Gus Malzahn signed to a new deal.

They will kickoff against Washington in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic in an afternoon matinee so to speak in Atlanta. It will be the first ever matchup and the first SEC team the Huskies have faced since the 2016 Chick-Fil-A Bowl, losing to Alabama. It will be the eighth time that Auburn will face a PAC-12 team and since 2013, beating the Washington State Cougars at home. After going 10-3 last season, it will be the first test for Malzahn and his new deal.

With only one other non-conference game after the fact (Alabama State), they will kick off SEC play hosting LSU and Arkansas in divisional play. Ed Orgeron will most likely pit one graduate transfer against another with Joe Burrow coming over from Ohio State. Both have split the last four games. For Chad Morris, he will make his conference debut on the road for the Razorbacks as he looks to see who will be the starting quarterback after their first three non-conference games.

After they host Southern Miss for homecoming, it will be a huge SEC test the rest of the way with the exception of the Liberty Flames visiting the Plains. Three of the teams will have new coaches, starting with Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State, and then returning one week later to host Jeremy Pruitt and the Volunteers. Depending on how the NCAA swings after appeals, Ole Miss will look to make every game a bowl game while serving a second consecutive bowl ban.

After their off week, they welcome Jimbo Fisher back to the Plains, this time as the new head coach of Texas A&M. Fisher is no stranger to the SEC. After wrapping up the SEC home portion of the schedule, they will go on the road to face SEC Champion Georgia and look to win two in a row against defending national champion Alabama in the Iron Bowl.

How they will fare against new coaches and defending champions in one season will be the biggest gauntlet for Auburn. They are actually the defending SEC West champions and having three champions in one conference could prove that the league may be coming back.

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