Clemson is coming off a humbling 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, but the Tigers are a consensus top-25 pick in 2012.
The offense should be fun to watch, with an experienced quarterback in Tajh Boyd, who threw for 33 touchdowns and almost 4,000 yards a year ago. Many believe that only the Florida State game in Tallahassee stands between Clemson winning its division and, perhaps, entering the national title conversation.
The game: Sept. 1, 2012, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, 7 p.m. on ESPN
Last year's record: 10-4, 6-2 ACC
Coach: Dabo Swinney, 29-19 in fifth year at Clemson
History vs. Auburn: 12-34-2 all-time. Clemson beat the Tigers at Clemson in 2011, but lost at Auburn in 2010. Auburn beat Clemson at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2007.
Very early line: Clemson by 5.