Auburn to face Northwestern in Outback Bowl

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Northwestern and Auburn will meet for the first time, playing in
the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on New Year's Day.

Both teams finished the regular season with statement games.

Northwestern (8-4) upset No. 24 Wisconsin 33-31, prompting the fans to storm the field. Auburn (7-5) led No. 1 Alabama until the final two minutes before losing 26-21.

Northwestern is seeking its first postseason win since the 1949
Rose Bowl.

Auburn will finish Gene Chizik's first season as head coach in a
New Year's Day game after ending last season with a losing record
and sitting out the postseason.

The Tigers haven't played in the Outback Bowl since a 43-14 loss
to Penn State in 1996, the first year under the game's current