Shon Coleman (above), Auburn's starting left tackle, is from Memphis.
Auburn, Ala.--Auburn won’t be traveling far for the 40th bowl game in school history with the Tigers taking on the Memphis Tigers on Dec. 30th at the Birmingham Bowl.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CST at Legion Field as Gus Malzahn’s Tigers, who finished the regular season 6-6, will take on a Memphis team that is 9-3 this season.
Auburn has a 22-15-2 record in bowl games dating back to a 7-7 tie vs. Villanova in the Bacardi Bowl played on New Year’s Day 1937 in Havana, Cuba.
Memphis, which plays in the American Conference, posted a 9-3 record that included a victory over SEC member Ole Miss, a 37-24 decision on Oct. 17th.
“We look forward to playing a very good Memphis team in the Birmingham Bowl on December 30,” Malzahn said. “We have a tremendous fan base in Birmingham and we are excited to play in front of them. With a large number of our team from the state of Alabama, it will also be a great opportunity for those players to compete before their family and friends.”
Who will be coaching Auburn’s defense for the bowl game is still to be determined. Coordinator Will Muschamp was named head coach at South Carolina on Sunday and Auburn secondary coach Travaris Robinson is expected to make the move with Muschamp, who he also coached for at Florida.
Will Muschamp spent one season coordinating the defense for Malzahn's team.
Commenting on Muschamp's departure, Malzahn said, I really appreciate Coach Muschamp’s hard work and dedication for our program at Auburn this past year and wish him nothing but the best with his new job. I will begin a search immediately for our next defensive coordinator."
Auburn and Memphis have played just two times with Auburn dropping a 31-20 game in 1975 and a 28-27 contest the following season at Memphis.
“We are excited about the chance to play in the 10th Annual Birmingham Bowl in a great city where so many Auburn supporters and fans live,” Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. “We look forward to enjoying an Auburn Family reunion in the Magic City, which is well known for its Southern hospitality and great people.” Tickets for the Birmingham Bowl are $50 and may be purchased through the Auburn Ticket Office. the priority deadline for Tigers Unlimited members is Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. CST. The game will be televised on ESPN>
Other SEC teams in postseason:
- Goodyear Cotton Bowl, College Football Playoff semi-final (Arlington, Tex.)--Alabama vs. Michigan State, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
- Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)--Ole Miss vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (Orlando) --Florida vs. Michigan, Jan. 1, noon (ABC)
- AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston)--LSU vs. Texas Tech, Dec. 29, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
- Belk Bowl (Charlotte)--Mississippi State vs. North Carolina State, Dec. 30, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
- Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville)--Texas A&M vs. Louisville, Dec. 30, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
- Outback Bowl (Tampa)--Tennessee vs. Northwestern, Jan. 1, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
- TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville)--Georgia vs. Penn State, Jan. 2, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
- AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis) --Arkansas vs. Kansas State, Jan. 2, 2:20 p.m. (ESPN)