Auburn coach Gus Malzahn would like to see the Tigers’ games against Alabama and Georgia scheduled differently.
On Wednesday, Malzahn told the JOX Roundtable on WJOX 94.5 FM that the Tigers’ contests against the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs should be split home and away for his program each year. Currently, Auburn plays both Alabama and Georgia either at home or on the road each season.
This year, the Tigers play at Georgia on Nov. 10 and at Alabama on Nov. 24.
"That needs to be done. In 2010, we had them split when we won the national championship, so I'd prefer that."
— @CoachGusMalzahn on splitting the Alabama/Georgia games home and away each year
— JOX Roundtable (@JOXRoundtable) May 16, 2018
Malzahn made reference to the Tigers’ 2010 national championship-winning season, which included a home victory against Georgia and a road victory against Alabama in November of that year. Auburn went on to rout South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game and edge Oregon in the national title game to finish 14-0.
It’s unclear whether significant changes will happen to the Tigers’ schedule soon when considering their rivalry games against Georgia and Alabama. There is an advantage to playing the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide at home every other year. But Auburn faces a difficult task when those games are on the road, like they will be this season.
The Tigers open the 2018 campaign against Washington on Sept. 1.