When the SEC realigns, no AU program will be affected more than Auburn football due to the limited nature of a CFB schedule.
Unlike any other sport, where the slate will likely accommodate Texas and Oklahoma by slashing the number of non-conference games, the SEC will have to alter the existing divisions to keep and create new conference rivalries.
Jake Crain of Crain and Company revealed who he’d keep as his 3 permanent rivals for Auburn football
If it were up to Jake Crain, the Tigers would retain Alabama, Georgia, and Ole MIss as their permanent rivals:
Quite frankly, this would be a best-case scenario for a school that is resigned to perennially playing the top-ranked teams in the entire country. The Iron Bowl and Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry will never go anywhere for as long as SEC football exists, while Ole Miss is a nice reprieve for Auburn, considering the Tigers have won the last six head-to-head matchups, their last eight of 10 overall, and own an all-time series lead at 46-10.
Losing the LSU matchup would be a tough one from a financial perspective, but it’d be a good thing for an Auburn program that has won just once in Death Valley during the 21st century. It’s not clear just exactly who’d be upset not traveling to Starkville, on the other hand, or spend at least half the day traveling to Fayetteville or College Station by any means possible.
The Big 12 won’t be relinquishing Oklahoma and Texas until 2025, while they’ll have UCF, Cincinnati, BYU, and Houston before then. They’ll be stacked for a while, but when the SEC adds their two pillar programs, we hope Auburn football won’t lose any traditions in the process.