Clemson and Auburn have an agreement to play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017, the school announced on Wednesday. The 2016 game will be played on September 3rd at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn with the return trip scheduled for September 9th, 2017 in Death Valley.
For Clemson, this will help make a somewhat compelling schedule. The out of conference slate will now include South Carolina and Auburn, as well as Troy in 2016 and Kent State in 2017. There is still room for Clemson to add another solid matchup, but the lack of an in state FCS program makes me think we will just be seeing a Furman or Costal Carolina added to the schedule instead.
On Auburn's side, this series fills the new SEC requirement of playing a power five conference opponent every year. It is also a chance for revenge after Clemson won 2 of the three games in the last go around. Auburn still leads Clemson overall 34-13-2 in 49 meetings.
This is a fantastic decision. The trip to Auburn in 2010 was fantastic, minus the result, and it was great to host Auburn fans in 2011. Auburn should still be a quality team for Clemson and it gives them a second SEC school to play. With Notre Dame coming to Death Valley next year, Clemson now has two marquee opponents through 2017 in their out of conference schedule. Not too bad considering the trouble many Athletic Directors have in trying to schedule home-and-home series.