The 22nd-ranked Auburn football team (8-4) accepted an invitation Sunday to play 15th-ranked Clemson (9-3) from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 40th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. The game will be played at the Georgia Dome beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on December 31, 2007. It will mark the program's fourth trip to the Atlanta-based bowl.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl against a very good Clemson team," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "Our players and staff have worked very hard this season and this is a tremendous reward for their efforts. We look forward to seeing Auburn fans paint Atlanta orange and blue during bowl week."
Members of Tigers Unlimited will be able to order bowl tickets on-line at auburntigers.com and are reminded to order using their customer number to ensure that their order is assigned based on priority. Tigers Unlimited members can also order via phone at 1-800-282-1957, ext. 1, Monday-Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm CT. On-line orders save $10 on the handling charges. Priority deadline for Tigers Unlimited members is Friday, Dec. 7.
Auburn students and Auburn Faculty/Staff will be notified by e-mail of their procedure to purchase bowl tickets. Based on availability, the Athletic Ticket Office will begin accepting public order requests for tickets on Thursday, Dec. 6.
"Auburn has great fans and a tremendous fan base in the greater Atlanta area that is looking forward to the Tigers playing close to home," Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs said. "We've had wonderful experiences in our previous trips to the Chick-fil-A Bowl and are excited about participating in this first-class event."
Auburn's last appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly the Peach Bowl, was in 2001, when the Tigers lost to North Carolina, 16-10. The Tigers and Clemson met in the 1997 Peach Bowl, with Auburn winning 21-17. Auburn's other Chick-fil-A Bowl appearance came in a 27-23 victory over Indiana in 1990.
Auburn is 32-11-2 all-time against Clemson, with the last meeting coming on Jan. 2, 1998 in the 21-17 Peach Bowl win.
The Tigers will begin bowl practice on Dec. 13.
Official Bowl Packages are available through Total Sports Travel, the official Travel management company for Tigers Unlimited and the Auburn Alumni Association. Call 888-367-8781 for your reservation or visit totalsportstravel.com to pre-register.