Auburn faces one of its more daunting years. During alternating seasons, the Tigers either get Georgia and Alabama both at Jordan-Hare Stadium or have to travel to play both of their biggest rivals.

The 2022 season is the latter, as the Tigers hit the road to take on the Tide and Bulldogs. Fortunately, Bryan Harsin’s team will get plenty of home cooking before that Oct. 8 trip to Athens.

Prior to the trip to Georgia, the Tigers will have 5-straight home games to start the season.

So, can this team improve on last year’s 6-7 overall record? Well, ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) is high on the Tigers this fall.

As you can see below, the Tigers are projected to win 8 of their 12 regular-season games, which would be a step up from 2021:

  • Sept. 3 vs. Mercer — 99.6% chance of winning
  • Sept. 10 vs. San Jose State — 96.3% chance of winning
  • Sept. 17 vs. Penn State — 62.6% chance of winning
  • Sept. 24 vs. Mizzou — 85.6% chance of winning
  • Oct. 1 vs. LSU — 57.4% chance of winning
  • Oct. 8 at Georgia — 11.3% chance of winning
  • Oct. 15 at Ole Miss — 45.4% chance of winning
  • Oct. 29 vs. Arkansas — 69.9% chance of winning
  • Nov. 5 at Mississippi State — 47.7% chance of winning
  • Nov. 12 vs. Texas A&M — 61.2% chance of winning
  • Nov. 19 vs. Western Kentucky — 88.5% chance of winning
  • Nov. 26 at Alabama — 10.1% chance of winning

The Sept. 17 matchup on The Plains against Penn State is one to circle. If the Tigers look good and win that game, it’ll set the tone for a potentially strong season at Auburn.