Auburn and UAB are only separated by about two hours, but they share hardly any history together on the football field.
With the Blazers’ program set to be revived this season after being idle during 2015 and 2016, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs told AL.com this week that the two in-state schools have begun the process of meeting again.
“We’ve had conversations with them,” Jacobs said. “We’d love to play them again if we can work it out on the schedule, but finding a common date is often difficult to do sometimes.”
Auburn and Alabama-Birmingham, a member of Conference USA, had their only contest on the gridiron in 1996, which resulted in a 29-0 home victory for the Tigers to open that season.
UAB athletic director Mark Ingram is confident that a game will happen. It’s just a matter of when since Auburn has filled most of its nonconference schedule through 2020.
“It’s really just a matter of both of us having a year where they are looking for a guarantee game and us also needing a game in that year,” Ingram said. “I don’t like to go too far out because I feel like philosophically we are better off waiting.”
Despite not playing either Alabama or Auburn, UAB has played nine other SEC schools since the turn of the century. The only exceptions are Missouri and Texas A&M — who joined the SEC in 2012 — and Kentucky.