- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jacksonville State (1-0) at No. 6 Auburn (1-0), 12 p.m. (SEC Network)

Line: no line.

Series Record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Auburn should get a chance to rest a few banged up players like RBs Roc Thomas and Jovon Robinson and DE Carl Lawson before visiting LSU. Jacksonville State, a highly ranked Football Championship Subdivision team, is making $525,000 for the game and already has one upset of a Southeastern Conference team after beating Mississippi in double overtime in 2010.

KEY MATCHUP

Auburn’s offensive line versus Jacksonville State’s defensive front. The Gamecocks have Auburn transfers Devaunte Sigler and Chris Landrum manning a defensive line that is one of the team’s strengths. Sigler is the reigning and preseason Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the year. Auburn had issues with holding penalties against Louisville.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jacksonville State: RB Tremayne Pope. The three-year backup gained 173 yards in the opener against Chattanooga, including a 65-yarder on the team’s first offensive play. He needs to take the pressure off QB Eli Jenkins, who is closing in on JSU’s Top 10 career list in both passing and rushing.

Auburn: QB Jeremy Johnson. He needs to rebound strongly from an opening game when he was intercepted three times. If Johnson does that well enough early, backup Sean White could get his first college experience.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is only the second morning (11 a.m. CDT) kickoff for Auburn under coach Gus Malzahn. … It will be the first game at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the construction of college football’s biggest video board. … The Tigers have won 26 consecutive nonconference home games. … Jacksonville State co-defensive coordinator Brandon Hall was Malzahn’s safeties coach at Arkansas State in 2012 and followed him to Auburn as a defensive assistant. … The Gamecocks’ John Grass was Thomas’ high school coach through the player’s junior year.

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