Auburn gets to meet Purdue in the Music City Bowl on December 28th, which crosses a team off of the list we’ve been tracking for a while now.
If the bowl game versus Purdue holds true, Auburn will have crossed off 3 FBS teams from the never-faced graphic.— Clint Richardson (@Clintau24) December 2, 2018
Alabama State would make the 4th first-time opponent in 2018. pic.twitter.com/k02NUq53g8
That leaves just three other teams out of the B1G that Auburn has never played — Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota — and the Tigers have come out on top overall against the Big Ten over the course of history.
Here’s the bowl record against each Big Ten opponent over the course of history:
- Auburn vs Ohio State - 1-0 (1990 Hall of Fame Bowl, 31-14 W)
- Auburn vs Michigan - 1-1 (1984 Sugar Bowl, 9-7 W; 2001 Citrus Bowl, 31-28 L)
- Auburn vs Penn State - 1-1 (1996 Outback Bowl, 43-14 L; 2003 Capital One Bowl, 13-9 W)
- Auburn vs Michigan State - 1-0 (1938 Orange Bowl, 6-0 W)
- Auburn vs Maryland - no bowls, 2-1 record in regular season
- Auburn vs Indiana - 1-0 (1990 Peach Bowl, 27-23 W)
- Auburn vs Rutgers - no bowls, 1-0 record in regular season
- Auburn vs Northwestern - 1-0 (2010 Outback Bowl, 38-35 W)
- Auburn vs Iowa - no prior meetings
- Auburn vs Purdue - no prior meetings
- Auburn vs Wisconsin - 1-2 (2003 Music City Bowl, 28-14 W; 2006 Capital One Bowl, 24-10 L; 2015 Outback Bowl, 34-31 L)
- Auburn vs Nebraska - 1-1 (1964 Orange Bowl, 13-7 L; 2007 Cotton Bowl, 17-14 W)
- Auburn vs Minnesota - no prior meetings
- Auburn vs Illinois - no prior meetings
Auburn has a total record of 8-5 over the Big Ten in bowl meetings, with the only losing tally coming against Wisconsin (and more specifically, Barry Alvarez).
On the other side, here’s what Purdue has done against the SEC in bowl games:
- Purdue vs Tennessee - 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl, W 27-22
- Purdue vs Missouri - 1980 Liberty Bowl, W 28-25
- Purdue vs Georgia - 1999 Outback Bowl, L 28-25; 2003 Capital One Bowl, L 34-27
It’s Jeff Brohm’s second-straight bowl game to start his tenure at Purdue, while Gus Malzahn is going to his sixth-straight bowl game as head coach at Auburn. We’ll see which offensive-minded coach comes out on top in Nashville at the end of the month! War Eagle!