These programs have only met once before, and the stage could not have been bigger in college football. Auburn and Oregon faced off in the 2011 BCS National Championship game, with the Tigers winning 22-19. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was the team's offensive coordinator back then, but he will now see the Ducks as the leader of the program. Oregon head coach Maro Cristobal and the Ducks enter the season with high expectations. Much of the optimism stems from the return of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, who could have been one of the top quarterbacks taken in this year's NFL draft. If either team contends for the College Football Playoff, a win in this season opener would be an impressive victory on its resume. The neutral-site matchup will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.