Auburn fans will find this to be a familiar announcement—the Tigers will face Wisconsin in the 2014 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on January 1st.
The Tigers (8-4, 4-4 SEC) and the Badgers (10-3, 7-1 Big Ten) will face each other for only the 4th time, and both teams will try to break the current 1-1-1 series record between them.
2009 was the last time Auburn played in the Outback Bowl, defeating Northwestern in a heated game that ended in overtime 38-35. Fans will remember Ben Tate's infamous touchdown celebration, where he dunked the football over the goalpost.
The last time Auburn played Wisconsin was in 2006, where the Badgers defeated the Tigers 24-10 in the Capital One Bowl.
Wisconsin, formerly coached by now-Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, leads a powerful rushing attack spearheaded by Melvin Gordon. Although the Badgers were dealt a brutal shut-out in the Big Ten Championship game at the hands of Ohio State last night, Heisman candidate Gordon will power a strong offense against a Tiger defense that has struggled late in the season.
Senior quarterback Nick Marshall will look to end his Auburn career with a victory, and with the leading SEC rusher in Cameron Artis-Payne, he should be able to command Auburn's no-huddle offense against a defense demoralized by Ohio State.
Auburn will go to its 39th bowl game looking to add one to the win column in a 22-14-2 overall record.