Auburn opens the 2017 season on the road against No. 7 Clemson, but the Tigers are coming off a 31-28 loss to rival Auburn in the Citrus Bowl.
The Tigers open their season against Florida State on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Tallahassee.
Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery returns for the first time since breaking his collarbone against Ohio State on Oct. 13.
Defensive end Jarrad Davis and cornerback Darqueze Dennard also return from injuries.
Sophomore tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is back after missing the previous two games.
Freshman quarterback Dak Prescott will be the quarterback.
Auburn plays the third of its five nonconference games against top-25 teams this season.
After a 7-0 start, the Tigers (2-2, 1-2 SEC) fell to Alabama by 14 points on Sept. 11.
“The biggest thing is we’ve got to get out of our comfort zone,” defensive end Shaq Lawson said.
“We’re not comfortable playing the way we’ve played, but we’re going to try to be as ready as we can to go.
It’s definitely going to be a lot of work.”
The Tigers’ biggest test this season will be Florida State (3-2).
The Seminoles won the season series between the teams last year, 38-28.
Florida State has a 7.5-game win streak against Auburn dating back to last season, but it’s lost four straight games by at least three points.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has his sights set on becoming the first coach to win at least six games in four consecutive seasons.
USC will play No. 12 Notre Dame on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
SEC quarterback Dak Jarrett has thrown for 3,621 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Rutgers has won four of five games against the Tigers, including the last two in 2017.
Alabama is 2-2 against Auburn.
Georgia’s Gus Malzahn is the only returning starter from a 2016 season in which the Crimson Tide lost four games by a total of 18 points.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has won two of his last three SEC games at home.
Oklahoma State will open the season on Nov. 3 against Auburn, but its season-opening win over South Carolina was overshadowed by the sexual assault scandal involving former star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Tennessee will open with a pair of nonconference road games, a date with LSU on Nov, 5 and a matchup with South Carolina on Nov., 10.
Stanford will open its season against Georgia Tech on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Athens.
Virginia Tech will open against Tennessee on Saturday night, Nov, 18.
LSU will open in Memphis, Tennessee on Nov 15.
Ohio State is the SEC’s lone unbeaten team.
Wisconsin will play Vanderbilt on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
Mississippi State opens its season with a home game against Auburn on Saturday.