Auburn to face Oregon in 2019 – AL.com
Auburn’s quest to play a high-profile game in 2019 has landed a marquee opponent in a big-time venue.
The Tigers will open the 2019 season against Oregon at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The rematch of the 2011 BCS Championship Game will pit the programs against each other for only the second time in history. The game is the 11th in the AdvoCare Classic series and will be played Aug. 31, 2019.
“I’m thrilled that Auburn will face Oregon in an epic match-up of two elite programs on a big stage to open the 2019 season,” Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs said in a statement. “I know how much it means to our players to have an opportunity to play in high-profile games; it is one reason they choose to come to Auburn. I’m also happy for the Auburn family, the best fans in college football. They always travel in masses to support our program, so this is a great reward for them as well.”
Auburn defeated Oregon 22-19 on a field goal as time expired in the national championship. The Tigers and Ducks have advanced to the national championship game two times since 2010.
The AdvoCare Classic features elite opponents every season at the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Alabama is scheduled to face Wisconsin and Southern California in the next two season openers. Michigan and Florida will face off in 2017, and LSU and Miami play in 2018.
Alabama had a shot at playing in the game against a non-conference opponent in 2019, according to a contract signed in 2014.
The contract states Alabama will “negotiate exclusively with ESPN in good faith through August 31, 2015 in an effort to schedule a football game between Alabama and a non-conference opponent to be held on August 31, 2019 or September 5, 2020 at the (AT&T) Stadium.”
Alabama was guaranteed to earn $6 million for participating in the AdvoCare Classic in 2019 or 2020.
Auburn did not immediately release contract details for its game against Oregon.
Sept. 5: Louisville (Georgia Dome, Atlanta)
Sept. 12: Jacksonville State
Oct. 3: San Jose State
Nov. 21: Idaho
Sept. 3: Clemson
Sept. 10: Arkansas State
Oct. 1: Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 19: Alabama A&M
Sept. 2: Georgia Southern
Sept. 9: at Clemson
Sept. 16: Mercer
Oct. 7: Louisiana-Monroe
Aug. 31: Oregon (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
Sept. 19: California
Sept. 18: at California
Sept. 25: Georgia State