Bring on the Big Boys
Who would you like to see Auburn play non-conference? I asked on Twitter and the responses showed that Auburn fans (especially die hard Auburn baseball fans) are clamoring for big non-conference match-ups. Now, My suggestion/dream would be for Auburn to resume a series with Georgia Tech midweek. Playing in Auburn, in Atlanta (at GT's on campus Russ Chandler), and a final game either in Gwinett or at Turner Field.
that would be an amazing series. I'd try to go to all three games.
Other suggestions showed that Auburn fans aren't shying away from big non-conference series:
Cal state fullerton. Witchita state. Texas.
TCU, Nebraska, Rice
@ChrisRushingCSM Chris Rushing echoes the Texas sentiment:
I would love a home-and-home with Cal State-Fullerton or Texas. Texas mainly for the opportunity to go to Austin.
Clemson every year. Fullerton would be cool.
@AUKGB Keith G. Barrow Also wants the Titans:
Cal St Fullerton
ga tech, fsu, Clemson
@Elliott_Cook Elliott Cook has some other ACC Foes he wants to see:
my vote is Rice, UNC, and Miami. Miami series in honor of 90s transfer Derek Reif.
@jmjonesjr James Jones brings up Nebraska and the ACC Heavies:
GA Tech, Clemson, other usual ACC suspects...what about Nebraska?
Clemson for sure, often. Possibly College of Charleston or Texas A&M
@PrestonHornsby Preston Hornsby has a unique in-state suggestion:
at Alabama State because new stadium is so close to OLD CLOVERDALE :)
I will admit the thought of baseball followed by Tomatino's or maybe some Sinclair's does sound good.
GT... Close enough to travel, could play one at Turner. FSU would be another.
I'd like to see an annual series against Georgia Tech or Florida State.
big ten school or a pac 12 school
Love the venues idea! Players & Recruits would be thrilled over games at Turner or Gwinnett. @AUTigerBaseball: let's make it happen
How about ski weekend series at NorthernColorado in Feb & beach series at Miami in May? Always away series! I'd travel for them.
Back to D. Miller, who wants to see a personal series:
I have to throw my alma mater in the mix... Mercer. Would make a good midweek series.
@GoCrazyCadillac Paul Stewart wants meaningful games:
I would love to see us play someone like Miami or maybe Texas. Big traditional powers to try to raise our profile.
How about Maryland at Camden Yard?....What about Boston College with a Sunday finale at Fenway?
That could happen. For Every MLB club, there is an NCAA Team (and in most cases NCAA power) close by:
|MLB Team||College Team(s)|
|Tampa Bay||South Florida|
|NY Yankees||St. John's|
|Boston||Boston College, Harvard, Northeastern, |
|Chicago White Sox||Notre Dame|
|Detroit||Michigan? Michigan State?|
|Cleveland||Ohio State? Akron|
|Kansas City||K-State?, Kansas?|
|Texas||TCU, SMU, Dallas Baptist|
|Philadelphia||Temple, Penn, Villanova, LaSalle, St. Joe's|
|Atlanta||Georgia Tech, Georgia State|
|Florida||Miami, Florida International|
|New York Mets||St. John's, Hofstra|
|Washington||Georgetown, George Washington|
|St. Louis||U St. Louis, Mizzou?|
|San Diego||USD, SDSU|
|Los Angeles||UCLA, USC|
Now some of these aren't exactly feasible. There's no real point RPI or travel-wise to play the likes of UW-Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The best thing would be for Auburn to become a part of the Dodgertown Classic (like UGA did) or the Houston College Classic or even the Cal Baseball Classic in San Francisco. For Auburn, the struggle would be two-fold: you need a strong enough schedule RPI wise and justification for playing a road series. It's not often that Auburn leaves the comfy confines of Plainsman Park (or the state of Alabama) for a non-conference game. In fact since 1991, Auburn has only played a handful of Weekend Road Series outside the state of Alabama. Sometimes, the farthest south that the team will travel is just down to Mobile (and the Coca Cola Classic). See for yourself:
|92||Coca Cola Classic|
|93||Georgia Tech, Pepperdine, UCF*|
|94||New Orleans^, Tulane^|
|95||Coca Cola Classic|
|96||Big 10 Classic (Montgomery)|
|97||Coca Cola Classic|
|98||USF*, UCF*, Clemson*|
|99||GT%, UVA%, UMD%, Blue Gray Classic (Montgomery)|
|00||Tulane^, New Orleans^|
|01||Coca Cola Classic|
|03||@ North Carolina|
|05||@ Florida State|
|06||@ Arizona State|
|07||Coca Cola Classic|
|08||@ Florida State|
|09||@ Florida State|
|11||@ Arizona State|
*Olive Garden Classic (Orlando, FL), ^Winn Dixie Classic (New Orleans, LA), %Disney ACC Blast (Kissimmee, FL)
Also, over the past 20 years, Auburn hasn't exactly brought a dearth of competition to the ball park. Here are the non-conference games against Major Conference opponents over the past 20 years. Most of these opponents came from Weekend Tournaments:
|92||Clemson, Oklahoma, Tulane|
|93||GT, Pepperdine, Clemson, Michigan|
|95||Louisville, Ohio State, Penn State|
|96||Missouri, Michigan State, Indiana|
|98||USF, Clemson, FAU|
|99||GT, UVA, UMD, Minnesota, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Northwestern|
|01||Minnesota, North Carolina, GT|
|02||Clemson UNC GT|
|03||UVA, Clemson, UNC, GT|
|04||BC, GT, Clemson|
|05||FSU, Clemson, GT|
|06||FSU, Arizona State|
|07||Michigan State, AZ St, Purdue|
|10||BC, Missouri, FAU, AZ St|
I haven't seen the schedule for 2012. However, knowing that Coach Pawlowski likes to keep the Auburn tournament (which would bring in at least 1 big name) and also likes to schedule good RPI competition, I have a nice glimmer of hope that the Big Boys will soon be meeting Auburn once again.