Toughest three-game stretch for Auburn football in 2022

A team that could have some issues with depth on both sides of the ball at key positions in 2022, the Auburn Tigers will face a schedule that features seven-straight games to open the season before Coach Bryan Harsin’s team gets a bye week.

The final three games of that seven-game stretch will likely prove to make or break Auburn’s season with LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 1 the last of five consecutive home games to open the schedule before road trips to Georgia and Ole Miss finish off a brutal first half for the Tigers.

Last season Auburn won in Baton Rouge for the first time since 1999 with quarterback Bo Nix leading touchdown drives of 75 and 92 yards late in the game that proved to be the difference.

Nix is ​​gone and how well Auburn’s new quarterback plays early in the season will be a big deal as Auburn gets into the meat of the schedule with games against Penn State and Missouri leading up to the LSU contest.

While Auburn has to replace Nix and a handful of others on both sides of the ball, LSU has sweeping changes from last season beginning with Brian Kelly coming from Notre Dame to take over almost a completely revamped roster.

Losing 10 players to the NFL and starting quarterback Max Johnson to Texas A&M, LSU opens the season against Florida State in New Orleans and has Mississippi State at home in week three as the only real challenges before making the trip to the Plains.

With a quarterback battle of their own to deal with, the Bengal Tigers will have a much different look than the Auburn team saw last season as they face off in what will be a huge game for both teams.

One week later the Tigers will have to travel to what has become a house of horrors for Auburn football, Georgia’s Sanford Stadium. The Tigers have lost seven-straight games to Georgia between the hedges with only two of those games by less than 17 points.

Speaking of losses, Georgia had a record 15 players taken in the NFL Draft and must replace a boatload of talent, but the Bulldogs have recruited well and return quarterback Stetson Bennett to run the show.

Georgia’s only two home games before Auburn comes to town are against Samford and Kent State with the Bulldogs opening against Oregon in Atlanta before road trips to South Carolina and Missouri in the first five weeks. If they can take care of business it will make for a tough environment when Auburn rolls into town for the SEC home opener on October 8th.

Rounding out the trio of games for the Tigers is a trip to Oxford, Mississippi to face another revamped squad in Ole Miss after winning at home last season 31-20. Losing quarterback Matt Corral and running backs Jerrion Ealy and Snoop Conner along with pass rusher Sam Williams, Lane Kiffin hit the transfer portal hard in the offseason and brought in more than a dozen players that Ole Miss will be counting on right away.

Two of the biggest are quarterback Jaxon Dart from USC and fellow Trojan teammate, tight end Michael Trigg. Playing in six games last season as a true freshman, Dart threw for 1,353 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s competing with returner Luke Atlmayer for the starting job.

Also playing in six games last season, Trigg caught just seven passes for 109 yards and one touchdown, but had a huge spring for the Rebels. A standout from Tampa, Florida, Trigg is big and athletic and will be a tough matchup outside.

Auburn will be looking to win its fifth consecutive game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium when the two teams tangle on October 15th. With a bye week coming before hosting Arkansas, the Tigers will be playing seven straight weeks when they strap it up against the Rebels. That’s not easy, even with the deepest of teams.

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