USA TODAY Sports predicts Auburn to meet Pac-12 opponent during bowl season

The Auburn Tigers are now 2-0 following their defeat of California over the weekend. After the win, USA TODAY Sports is projecting that the Tigers are not finished with the Pac-12 this season.

USA TODAY Sports’ Erick Smith released his latest bowl projections following week two’s action and has forecasted that Auburn will face Arizona in the Gasparilla Bowl at the season’s end.

Smith’s latest projection has 11 SEC teams making it to the postseason. Missouri is predicted to kick off bowl season for the conference by facing Marshall in the Frisco Bowl and has Georgia playing for the College Football Playoff National Championship against Michigan.

Auburn has faced Arizona three times in program history and holds a 2-1 advantage. The Tigers hosted Arizona for a regular season contest in 1977 and won, 21-10. The season before, Arizona knocked off Auburn in Tucson, 31-19. The first meeting between Auburn and Arizona took place at the 1968 Sun Bowl, a game which Auburn won, 34-10.

Auburn improved its record against Pac-12 teams over the weekend by defeating California, 14-10. The Tigers are now 11-3 all-time against teams from the Pac-12 conference.

The 2023 Gasparilla Bowl will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 5:30 p.m. CT at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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