Auburn’s schedule should be recognized as the nation’s toughest


In the last eight seasons, Auburn has played Clemson 5 times, Alabama 8 times and Georgia 9 times. This season the Tigers add No. 6 Washington to the schedule to open the season in two weeks. They also play on the road against nationally ranked Mississippi State.

That means the Tigers have three road games and one neutral site game against teams that are either predicted to contend for or be favored to reach the playoff. And that doesn’t include the possibility of a second matchup against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Yet, Auburn’s schedule is not be recognized nationally as the toughest in the country.

In fact, the list compiled by Brad Crawford of 247 Sports did not include Auburn in the top 10. He ranks Michigan’s schedule the toughest based on road games at Notre Dame, Northwestern, Michigan State and Ohio State, plus home games against Wisconsin and Penn State.

That’s one game against a top-6 team. Auburn has three such games, none at home.

Auburn doesn’t need sympathy for its tough schedule, but at least recognize that the Tigers’ road to a championship is more difficult than any other team.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.