The game will most likely be played in 2012 or 2013.
"The game is not set, but I told them that we would like to play them," Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs told the paper. "We've agreed, handshake, verbal, whatever it is — my word is my bond — that we're going to play. It's just a matter of us getting our schedule from the SEC after 2012."
Jacksonville State has plenty of ties to Auburn. Head coach Jack Crowe was offensive coordinator under Pat Dye from 1982-85. Athletics director Oval Jaynes was an athletic administrator at Auburn from 1981-86.
The Gamecocks are part of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA). Auburn has made a habit of scheduling one FCS opponent per season lately. The Tigers beat Tennessee-Martin last season and will host Furman this year. They'll play Chattanooga in 2010 and Samford in 2011.
Auburn's known future non-conference opponents
- 2009: Louisiana Tech, West Virginia, Ball State, Furman
- 2010: Arkansas State, Clemson, Louisiana-Monroe, Chattanooga
- 2011: at Clemson, Samford
- 2014: at Kansas State
- 2017: at Georgia Tech
- 2018: Georgia Tech