Kickoff time set for Auburn’s season opener with Oregon

Auburn and Oregon will kick off in primetime on a major national network.
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Auburn and Oregon will kick off in primetime on a major national network.

The Aug. 31 season opener inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas is set for a 6:30 p.m. CT kickoff on ABC, it was announced Wednesday.

The meeting is only the second between the two schools, which last met when Auburn knocked off the Ducks 22-19 to win the BCS National Championship in January 2011. Only two people with direct connections to the BCS game remain on staff: Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, who was then the offensive coordinator; and receivers coach Kodi Burns, who caught a touchdown pass from Cam Newton in the title game.

Oregon returns 10 of 11 starters on offense, including projected first-round prospect Justin Herbert. Herbert threw for more than 3,100 yards last season.

Oregon finished with nine wins in 2018 and defeated Washington, the eventual Pac-12 champion. The Tigers knocked off Washington as well last season in a season opener played inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Auburn finished 8-5 with a 63-14 victory against Purdue in the Music City Bowl. Malzahn took over play-calling duties on offense following the departure of coordinator Chip Lindsey. The head coach will call plays this season.

Oregon landed the best recruiting class in school history in the offseason, and several newcomers are expected to contribute, especially on defense. The Ducks’ class ranked fifth nationally, which includes recent transfer Chris Steele. Steele signed with Florida out of high school earlier this year but left the program following spring practices. The Ducks also landed Penn State graduate transfer Juwan Johnson at receiver. 

The season opener will be played inside the home of the Dallas Cowboys and is part of the Advocare Classic. Auburn is 9-3 against Pac-12 opponents.