If there's one thing Auburn fans love to gripe about, it's scheduling the same teams (looking at you, Clemson) over and over again for non-conference games.
Well, that's changing, now. Auburn finally has its 2018 non-conference opponent, and it's one the Tigers have never faced before in the Washington Huskies. The two will meet at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.
Excited to announce @FootballAU v. Washington in 2018 CFA Kickoff Game. Will be great atmosphere at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. #WarEagle pic.twitter.com/ySP2VivjQ3— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) November 3, 2016
It's official. @MBStadium. 2018 #CFAKickoff.— ChickfilA Peach Bowl (@CFAPeachBowl) November 3, 2016
✔️ @FootballAU + @UW_Football
✔️ 2 of the winningest programs of all time
✔️ First-ever meeting pic.twitter.com/24321JIvMY
This is an excellent move from a PR standpoint for Auburn. The Huskies are currently ranked 5th in the College Football Playoff, and it's rare the Tigers play a PAC12 opponent. Now, Auburn will face two in a row with the 2018 game against Washington in Atlanta and the 2019 game against Oregon in Dallas.
I know I'll be looking forward to this one. Though, if Auburn continues the normal trend of needing a few games to get warmed up for the season and Washington continues playing as they are right now, it could make for a very interesting game. Let's hope that's not the case.