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Auburn, Clemson announce 2016-2017 home-and-home

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

The Tigers and Tigers are getting back together. (USATSI)
The Tigers and Tigers are getting back together (USATSI)

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On the same day Wisconsin's Barry Alvarez bemoaned two SEC teams' lack of interest in playing a high-profile home-and-home series, two familiar foes showed that not every SEC (and ACC) team shares the same reluctance*.

Auburn and Clemson announced Wednesday that the two sets of Tigers will play a home-and-home series in 2016 and 2017, with Dabo Swinney's team visiting Jordan-Hare Stadium on Sept. 3, 2016, and Gus Malzahn's Tigers returning the favor at Memorial Stadium Sept. 9, 2017.

For Auburn, the series fulfills the SEC's requirement going forward that its teams schedule at least one Power 5 conference opponent outside of SEC play. For Clemson, the series offers a chance to extend its two-game win streak over its SEC counterparts after winning the teams' 2011 and 2012 meetings.

Those games were the 48th and 49th editions of the series, which dates to 1899 and which Auburn leads 34-13-2.

*Well, at least where Wisconsin is involved, which is rather obviously a factor is said reluctance.

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