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  Auburn's Bowl Destination

Auburnís bowl game is still in the air, but most siteís projections have the Tigers landing in the same game Ö and a majority of fans in Orange and Blue wonít be thrilled about the destination.

It can be read by numerous posters on any message board: ďAnywhere but Birmingham,Ē ďPlease, not Birmingham,Ē ďI really hope we donít play in Birmingham,Ē etc.

Well, bad news.

From ESPN to SB Nation to FOX Sports and so on, Auburn is projected to play in the Birmingham Bowl. In case you need a date and time, the game is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on Dec. 30 at Legion Field.

Both ESPNís Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy, SB Nation, CBS Sports, FOX Sports, the Orlando Sentinal and Fansided have Auburn playing in the in-state bowl game. Most also have the Tigers playing Memphis, however Cincinnati and Temple are also listed as prospected opponents.

Facing one of the top AAC teams could be a trap game for a declining SEC team, and the SEC has only a 3-2 record in the gameís 9-year history.

Memphis sits currently at 9-3 after opening the season with a 6-0 record. Memphis snapped its three-game losing streak, with loses coming to Navy, Houston and Temple, with a 63-0 win over SMU to close out the regular season.

Temple also appears to be a potential difficult opponent. The Owls, currently ranked No. 20, are 10-2, with its two losses coming to Notre Dame and South Florida. Temple opened the season with seven consecutive wins, including a season-opening victory against Penn State.

However, itís the Cincinnati matchup that seems the most appealing. The Bearcats are led by former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville, and itís no secret that Tiger fans didnít feel as strongly about firing Tuberville after the 2008 season as the Board of Trustees did.

Tubervilleís team had an up-and-down season, finishing 7-5. The Bearcats lost to Memphis and Temple, but had wins against Miami and Tulsa.

But donít book your hotels in Birmingham just yet. Although a large majority of projections have Auburn in Birmingham, there are other possibilities listed.

Sports Illustrated has the Tigers landing in the Liberty Bowl, which will be played Jan. 2 in Memphis. According to its most recent projections, SI says the Tigers will face Kansas State, a matchup from the 2014 regular season.

Campus Insiders went a completely different direction and have Auburn playing in Cam Newtonís NFL stadium in Charlotte. The blog site has the Tigers paired with N.C. State in the Belk Bowl, scheduled for a mid-afternoon kickoff on Dec. 30.

The wait and anticipation for where Auburn will land wonít last much longer. Bowl games will be announced Dec. 6. Again, no matter where Auburn lands, Tiger fans should probably be happy just being in a bowl after the turn 2015 took.


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