Tigers vs. Tigers! ACC vs. SEC! The Auburn Tigers and the Clemson Tigers will square off in a home-and-home football series in 2016 and 2017, both schools announced today.
The first game of the series, a season-opener, will be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn on Sept. 3, 2016. The second and final game will be played at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, aka Death Valley, on Sept. 9, 2017.
Auburn and Clemson have met a total of 49 times on the gridiron. Auburn leads the overall series 34-13-2, but dropped the last two games of the series 38-24 in 2011 at Clemson and 26-19 in 2012 at Atlanta.
The series with Clemson series fulfills the non-conference schedule mandate for Auburn for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons. As you probably know, the SEC has mandated that each member play at least one power five non-conference game beginning in 2016.
The ACC issued a similar strength of schedule mandate, but it doesn’t begin until 2017. Clemson already has their mandate fulfilled each season due to their annual rivalry game against the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Clemson now has four non-conference games set for 2016 and three for 2017. The Tigers are currently set to host Troy, South Carolina State, and South Carolina in 2016 and will host Kent State and travel to South Carolina in 2017.
Auburn is slated to host Arkansas State in 2016, and the Clemson contest is their first announced game for the 2017 season.