San Jose State (1-0) at No. 5 Auburn (1-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Line: Auburn by 31.
Series Record: First meeting.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Auburn is hoping to go into an open date on a high note and perhaps get dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall going. San Jose State is aiming for back-to-back wins over ranked opponents for the first time after beating then-No. 16 Fresno State 62-52 last season.
Auburn’s secondary against San Jose State’s passing game. Blake Jurich was 22-of-25 passing for 250 yards in the opener against North Dakota and Tyler Winston had 10 catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers allowed two passing touchdowns against Arkansas but Jermaine Whitehead also scored on an interception return.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
San Jose State: Jurich faces a challenging environment at Jordan-Hare Stadium and an SEC defense. The fifth-year senior took over the offense after two seasons backing up David Fales, a sixth-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears,.
Auburn: QB Nick Marshall. Marshall only attempted six passes after sitting out the first half against Arkansas under a suspension. He might still split snaps with backup Jeremy Johnson if this game turns out to be lopsided, but Marshall figures to have more time to get into a rhythm regardless.
FACTS & FIGURES
Before the game, Auburn will honor the unbeaten 2004 team that finished No. 2 in the nation. That team’s coach, Tommy Tuberville, is expected to attend while his Cincinnati Bearcats have an open date. Tuberville’s son, Tucker, is a walk-on quarterback for the Tigers. … Redshirt freshman Daniel Carlson is the first Auburn player to handle punting, placekicking and kickoff duties since Damon Duval (1999-2002). … Auburn is 3-3 against teams from California with the last one a 23-0 loss to Southern California in 2003. … San Jose State hasn’t started 2-0 since 1987. … The Spartans have scored 156 points over the last three games against Fresno State, Navy (52) and North Dakota (42-10).
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