The Auburn football team will open the 2006 football season against Washington State at Jordan-Hare Stadium, announced Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs Saturday. The game is set for Sept. 2 and will be nationally televised by ESPN. The start time for the game will be announced at a later date.
"We're excited about adding Washington State to our schedule in 2006," Jacobs said. "They have a very good program, having won 10 or more games in three of the last four seasons. We are committed to a strong schedule and I think our fans will be excited about opening 2006 against a BCS opponent on national television."
The meeting will mark the first time the Tigers and Cougars have played in football. Auburn is 4-3 all-time against Pacific-10 Conference schools. The last time Auburn faced a Pac-10 school was in 2003 against Southern California.
Auburn's entire 2006 schedule is expected to be released in September.
Beginning in 2006, NCAA Division I teams may play a 12-game schedule, not counting conference championship games and post-season bowl games.