Outback: Tigers-Badgers to Meet For 4th Time

The Auburn Tigers found out on Sunday they will play the Wisconsin Badgers in the Outback Bowl.

Quarterback Nick Marshall is one of the seniors heading into his final game for the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn football Tigers will be making another postseason appearance when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on New Year's Day. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CST and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

Wisconsin has a 10-3 record and finished the regular season with a 7-1 record before being blasted 59-0 by Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game on Saturday night.

The Tigers and Badgers have played three times with the previous two meetings in bowl games. Auburn won 28-14 in the 2003 Music City Bowl and lost 24-10 two seasons later at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. In 1931 the teams played to a 7-7 tie in Madison.

The only common opponent is LSU, which defeated Badgers 28-24 in the season opener for both teams while Auburn was a 41-7 over LSU.

Wisconsin defeated Western Illinois 37-3, Bowling Green 68-17 and South Florida 27-10 before losing its Big Ten opener 20-14 at Northwestern. After that the Badgers won 38-28 over Illinois, 52-7 vs. Maryland, 37-0 vs. Rutgers, 34-16 vs. Purdue, 59-24 vs. Nebraska, 26-24 vs. Iowa and 34-24 over Minnesota.

Cameron Artis-Payne leads the SEC in rushing.

The Tigers, who are ranked 19th in the final college football playoff poll, will take an 8-4 record into the bowl game.

“We are thrilled to extend an invitation to the University of Wisconsin and Auburn University to play in this year’s Outback Bowl,” Outback Bowl Chairman Kevin Smith said. “These are two exciting teams that fans are really going to enjoy watching on New Year’s Day. We look forward to hosting the Badgers and Tigers teams and their fans, and ensure them they will have a memorable experience in the Tampa Bay area.”

Badger coach Gary Andersen said, "It’s a tremendous honor to be selected to play in the Outback Bowl and a great reward for our players and the terrific season they have had. Tampa is a great destination for our team and fans and Auburn is a very quality opponent from a great conference. We are looking forward to the matchup.”

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said, "We're very excited about the opportunity to play at the Outback Bowl in Tampa against a very good Wisconsin team. Our players and coaches are looking forward to this opportunity. It should be a great week for our team and our fans.”

The Tigers finished the regular season with an 8-4 overall mark and were 4-4 in Southeastern Conference games.

“We are thrilled to accept an invitation to play in the Outback Bowl against an outstanding Wisconsin team,” Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. “This will be a great match-up for our team and a terrific bowl trip for the Auburn family. I look forward to joining all of our fans in Tampa for a great week."

The Tigers have a 23-13-2 record in bowl games, counting a 1-1 mark in two appearances in the BCS Championship Game. Although it is not officially listed as a bowl victory, the Tigers also posted a 7-0 postseason victory over the Carlisle Indians in a game played at Atlanta following the 1914 season.

*Jan. 4, 2014--Florida State 34, Auburn 31 (BCS Championship Game, Pasadena, Calif.)

*Dec. 31, 2011--Auburn 43, Virginia 24 (Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta)

*Jan. 10, 2011--Auburn 22, Oregon 19 (BCS Championship Game, Glendale, Ariz.)

*Jan. 1, 2010--Auburn 38, Northwestern 35 (Outback Bowl, Tampa)

*Dec. 31, 2007--Auburn 23, Clemson 20 (Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta)

*Jan. 1, 2007--Auburn 17, Nebraska 14 (Cotton Bowl, Dallas)

*Jan. 2, 2006--Wisconsin 24, Auburn 10 (Citrus Bowl, Orlando)

*Jan. 3, 2005--Auburn 16, Virginia Tech 13 (Sugar Bowl, New Orleans)

*Dec. 31, 2003–Auburn 28, Wisconsin 14 (Music City Bowl, Nashville)

*Jan. 1, 2003--Auburn 13, Penn State 9 (Orlando, Fla.)

*Dec. 31, 2001--North Carolina 16, Auburn 10 (Chick-fil-A Bowl, Atlanta)

*Jan. 1, 2001--Michigan 31, Auburn 28 (Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando)

*Jan. 2, 1998--Auburn 21, Clemson 17 (Peach Bowl, Atlanta)

*Dec. 31, 1996--Auburn 32, Army 29 (Independence Bowl, Shreveport, La.)

*Jan. 1, 1996--Penn State 43, Auburn 14 (Outback Bowl, Tampa)

*Dec. 29, 1990--Auburn 27, Indiana 23 (Peach Bowl, Atlanta)

*Jan. 1, 1990--Auburn 31, Ohio State 14 (Hall of Fame Bowl, Tampa)

*Jan. 2, 1989--Florida State 13, Auburn 7 (Sugar Bowl, New Orleans)

*Jan. 1, 1988--Auburn 16, Syracuse 16 (Sugar Bowl, New Orleans)

*Jan. 1, 1987--Auburn 16, Southern Cal 7 (Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando)

*Jan. 1, 1986--Texas A&M?36, Auburn 16 (Cotton Bowl, Dallas)

*Dec. 27, 1984--Auburn 21, Arkansas 15 (Liberty Bowl, Memphis)

*Jan. 2, 1984--Auburn 9, Michigan 7 (Sugar Bowl, New Orleans)

*Dec. 18, 1982--Auburn 33, Boston College 26 (Tangerine Bowl, Orlando)

*Dec. 30, 1974--Auburn 27, Texas 3 (Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.)

*Dec. 29, 1973­­–Missouri 34, Auburn 17 (Sun Bowl, El Paso, Tex.)

*Dec. 30, 1972--Auburn 24, Colorado 3 (Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.)

*Jan. 1, 1972–Oklahoma 40, Auburn 22 (Sugar Bowl, New Orleans)

*Jan. 2, 1971--Auburn 35, Ole Miss 28 (Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.)

*Dec. 31, 1969--Houston 36, Auburn 7 (Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, Houston)

*Dec. 28, 1968--Auburn 34, Arizona 10 (Sun Bowl, El Paso, Tex.)

*Dec. 18, 1965--Ole Miss 13, Auburn 7 (Liberty Bowl, Memphis)

*Jan. 1, 1964--Nebraska 13, Auburn 7 (Orange Bowl, Miami)

*Dec. 31, 1955--Vanderbilt 25, Auburn 13 (Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.)

*Jan. 31, 1954--Auburn 33, Baylor 13 (Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.)

*Jan. 1, 1954--Texas Tech 35, Auburn 13 (Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Fla.)

*Jan. 1, 1938--Auburn 6, Michigan State 0 (Orange Bowl, Miami)

*Jan. 1, 1937--Auburn 7, Villanova 7 (Bacardi Bowl, Havana, Cuba)

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