Change is coming for Auburn football and the other teams in the Southeastern Conference in the 2024 season. Oklahoma and Texas will officially make the move from the Big 12 to the SEC, and their schedules will only get more difficult.
However, some SEC teams are facing easier schedules with the removal of the East and West divisions. Prior to 2024, Auburn football has typically faced the likes of Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M year in and year out. Now, the schedule will look a bit different.
While the two sacred rivalries, Alabama and Georgia, are protected, the Tigers will skip over teams from the state of Louisiana and Mississippi for the first time since 1933. Auburn will host Arkansas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Vanderbilt, and they will travel to play Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, and Kentucky.
The new way of scheduling SEC teams will likely take some getting used to, and Auburn football fans had mixed reactions to the lack of usual opponents and the easier schedule:
Despite the changes, it is a big relief that the SEC has protected the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry and the Iron Bowl. While the Tigers’ schedule may be easier without these games, they’re the most important games to many Auburn football fans and ones that are looked forward to (most) every year. Good luck to Oklahoma and Texas, though.