Auburn will play seven teams that played in bowl games last year (plus Alabama, which would've gone to a bowl game if not for probation). Non-conference games against Southern Cal and Georgia Tech have Tiger fans looking forward to the first two weeks of the season. And it's not only fans who are excited about the schedule.
Coach Tuberville adds, "A tough schedule helps you, but it also hurts you in the fact that, if you want to win a national championship in the way that we pick it now, without a playoff, then every game is real, real important."
Aug. 30 - SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Heisman trophy winner Carson Palmer is gone, but Coach Tuberville is still expecting a fight. Tuberville says, "USC will be as good as we are coming in. We'll have the home-field advantage. It's tough to travel that far and play an opening game. That's very tough. This will be a tough place for them to play. It'll be a fun atmosphere."