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Auburn schedules 2 future games against Conference USA team

July 08,2016 03:11

Auburn has scheduled a pair of games with Conference USA opponent Southern Miss, with the schools playing each other in 2018 and 2020, the programs announced Thursday morning. Auburn will pay Southern Miss a total of $3.55 million for the two-game ...

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn takes the field before the Ole Miss game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com)

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Auburn has added another non-conference opponent to its future schedules.
Auburn has scheduled a pair of games with Conference USA opponent Southern Miss, with the schools playing each other in 2018 and 2020, the programs announced Thursday morning.
Auburn will pay Southern Miss a total of $3.55 million for the two-game series, which will take place at Jordan-Hare Stadium, a source confirmed to AL.com. The Hattiesburg American first reported the payout from the game contract, which will see Southern Miss collect $1.7 million for the game on Sept. 29, 2018 and $1.85 million for the game on Sept. 26, 2020.
"I'm excited to announce the renewal of our long series with Southern Miss," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. "I remember kicking off our 1983 SEC Championship season against the Golden Eagles. It's fitting to announce these games one month before we each have a player enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Auburn's Kevin Greene, and USM's Brett Favre. I know Auburn people will enjoy welcoming the Golden Eagles back to Jordan-Hare in 2018 and 2020."
The two-game series will mark the 23rd and 24th meetings all-time between the programs, and the first since a 27-13 Auburn win on Sept. 6, 2008. Auburn leads the all-time series, 17-5.
The 2018 meeting marks the second non-conference opponent that Auburn has scheduled that season. The Tigers will also face in-state FCS opponent Alabama State on Nov. 17 — the week that is traditionally between Auburn's games against rivals Georgia and Alabama, both of which will be on the road.
The 2020 meeting is the first non-conference game on the slate for the Tigers that season after the program rescheduled its future series with Pac 12 opponent Cal.

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