Auburn braces for brutal October stretch

The Auburn Tigers are bracing for a brutal October stretch.

The Tigers face ranked Southeastern Conference teams each of the next four Saturdays, including two Top 10 powers.

They visit No. 10 South Carolina and No. 18 Arkansas the next two Saturdays, followed by a home game with No. 12 Florida and a trip to top-ranked LSU.

Cornerback T'Sharvan Bell says the Tigers won't back away from the challenge.

Auburn could be sizable underdogs in all four games, three of them on the road. If the rankings hold up, it will be the first time the Tigers have faced four consecutive ranked teams since 1987.

The defending national champions can emerge with hopes for a winning season and decent bowl trip bolstered or severely damaged.

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