Auburn AD: Finding future Power 5 opponents getting more difficult

Tuesday October 28th, 2014

Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said finding non-conference opponents to schedule that are from a Power 5 conference is getting more difficult, according to

The SEC has a new requirement starting in 2016 that says teams must schedule one Power 5 non-conference opponent each season. The Tigers are having trouble filling the slot for 2018.

"We've got to find an opponent that is willing to play us, which is getting more and more difficult to do with the offense Gus (Malzahn) runs and the way this league (SEC) is playing," said Jacobs.

"Teams are getting booked up as well," he added. "There are a lot of dynamics involved in football schedule."

Auburn is looking to either play a neutral-site game to fill the 2018 requirement or to play a home-and-home series that would take place in 2018 and a year after 2021, according to 

The Tigers will play Louisville next season and Clemson in 2016 and 2017. On Monday, they announced a home-and-home with Cal for 2019-20. 

No. 4 Auburn (6-1) plays No. 7 Ole Miss (7-1) on Saturday.

- Molly Geary



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