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ESPN Expert Names Auburn’s ‘Must-Win’ Game Of 2017

An exterior view of Auburn's stadium.

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 13: General view of Jordan-Hare Stadium prior to the matchup between the Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers on October 13, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

The Tigers can’t afford to lose this game if they want to make a run at the SEC title game.

One loss is okay. More than that? Almost disastrous. Last year Auburn lost five games. If the Tigers want to make any kind of run to the SEC title game, they need to limit their losses in 2017. So, which opponents do the Tigers need to look out for?

Well, ESPN named Auburn’s most important game to win this season, if it wants to make a run in the SEC during the 2017 season.

From ESPN:

Must-win game: Listing the Nov. 25 Alabama game here is too easy. The Iron Bowl is always the game that Auburn fans want to win most. It helps that the Tigers will get the defending SEC champs in Auburn, too, but let’s focus on a different rivalry game as being a must-win for Gus Malzahn’s team. Georgia has defeated Auburn in nine of the last 11 playings of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, including a 13-7 decision last year over an Auburn team that had climbed back into the top 10 before a pitiful offensive performance in Athens. The Tigers and Bulldogs might both remain in the conversation in their respective division races when this game arrives on Nov. 11. As so often seems to be the case, the loser here might see its chances of playing in Atlanta go up in flames.

No surprise here. Yes, Alabama is Auburn's main rival. However, it has been Georgia that has caused the most trouble for the Tigers over the past few years. A loss to Alabama looks much better to the College Football Playoff Committee than does a loss to Georgia.