For college football teams, there are always two big-time goals in every season. The first: Win it all. It’s the College Football Playoff or bust. While that’s only realistic for a few programs, others set their sights on a less-lofty ambition.
Six wins gets a team to that magical plateau where an extra game lands on the schedule, travel budgets are extended and, most importantly, extra practices are scheduled.
Auburn only won two of its final six games of the season, but that 56-34 victory on Nov. 21 over Idaho pushed the Tigers to six wins. Check. Extra practices … check. Travel budget … well, there may be a way not to break the bank.
According to Brandon Marcello of AL.com, an SEC source told him Auburn is destined for the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 30, barring any “last-minute changes.”
Playing in Birmingham, Ala. is a pretty safe bet, wrote Marcello. Auburn is the lowest seed among the 10 bowl-eligible SEC teams. While movement can and likely will happen, the teams affected will be a little higher up on the conference’s food chain.
The Tigers, at 6-6, shouldn’t worry about jockeying for a better bowl. In fact, playing 114 miles away from campus might be a benefit. It should be easier for Auburn fans to make the trip to a bowl destination so close to home. That, and the extra practices, should be all that matters.