This from Auburn athletics media relations today:
AUBURN ANNOUNCES CHANGE TO 2008 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
AUBURN—The 2008 Auburn football game at West Virginia which was originally scheduled for Sept. 6 has been moved to Thursday, Oct.23, and will be televised nationally on ESPN.
“This move will give us a great opportunity to receive the national spotlight on ESPN on a Thursday night,” head coach TommyTuberville said. “We want to make our schedule as competitive as anybody, and playing an outstanding non-conference opponent like West Virginia will do just that.”
Auburn is 6-1 all-time in games played on Thursday. In Auburn's last Thursday night game, in 2006, the Tigers beat South Carolina in Columbia, 24-17.
The change will result in the Southern Mississippi home game, initially slated for Oct. 18, being moved to Sept. 6 to fill the void left by the West Virginia date change.
Auburn will open the season with five of its first seven games at home, beginning with the season opener on Aug. 30 againstLouisiana-Monroe.
The scheduling change will give Auburn an off week on Oct. 18 and an off Saturday on Oct. 25. The Tigers' remaining bye week will come on Nov. 22.
The annual Homecoming game will be Nov. 8 againstTennessee-Martin.
2008 AUBURN FOOTBALL SCHEDULE—UPDATED
Aug. 30 LOUISIANA-MONROE
Sept. 6 SOUTHERN MISS
Sept. 13 at Mississippi State
Sept. 20 LSU
Sept. 27 TENNESSEE
Oct. 4 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 11 ARKANSAS
Oct. 23 at West Virginia (ESPN)
Nov. 1 at Ole Miss
Nov. 8 TENNESSEE-MARTIN [HC]
Nov. 15 GEORGIA
Nov. 29 at Alabama
OPEN DATES: Oct. 18, Nov. 22