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Washington will be a challenge for Auburn football at the start of the 2018 season.

Auburn football: Looking ahead to warmer days

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Looking ahead 

Auburn is going to open its 2018 season with another trip to Atlanta and a third straight game in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It’s where the Tigers will face another tough team, this time in the form of Pac-12 foe Washington.

As temperatures drop (more on that in a minute), it’s a good time for everyone to focus on the challenges ahead  — and make no mistake, Auburn’s first game won’t be a cakewalk.

The Huskies finished the 2017 season 10-3 and claimed the 16th spot in the final AP poll.

That finish had a lot to do with Washington’s top rusher Myles Gaskin. The junior totaled 1,380 yards in 13 games and earlier this week he announced he’s returning for one more go-around.

Warmer days on mind 

Now, back to those temperatures.

Class is back in session on The Plains and the timing isn’t great. Mostly because it’s going to be tough for students to roll out of a warm bed and make it to class.

Yeah, that’s an even bigger challenge than one of the Pac-12’s best running backs.

In other Auburn news:

Clawing to top 

Auburn basketball started the week with its second straight appearance in the AP poll. It was the first time since 2000 that the Tigers landed in the national poll in consecutive weeks, and they even made a jump from No. 22 to No. 17.

Coach Bruce Pearl’s team is about to hit the road again, this time to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Tigers will face Alabama on Wednesday night in the first of two Iron Bowls of basketball. Keep an eye out for updates from Pearl’s press conference later Tuesday morning to get a sneak peek into the mid-week matchup.

Tweet of the day 

The hopes of Auburn basketball fans continue to soar. Everyone starts thinking ahead to March when the wins pile up.

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