Auburn vs. San Jose State Preview and Prediction

The Auburn Tigers took care of business against rival Arkansas, running away with a 45-21 victory.

This week, San Jose State comes to town in a game poised to give the Tigers another victory to start the 2014 season.


Auburn: 1-0 (1-0 SEC)

San Jose State: 1-0

Last Meeting: No previous meeting between schools

Key Stat: After playing to a 21-21 tie at halftime against Arkansas, the Tigers outscored the Razorbacks 24-0 in the second half, finishing with nearly 600 yards of total offense.

Auburn Outlook: With starter Nick Marshall benched in the first half, backup quarterback Jeremy Johnson excelled, going 12 of 16 for 243 yards and two scores.

The offense got rolling in the second half - partly due to Marshall's return and partly due to a tiring Arkansas defense - as Marshall and running back Cameron Artis-Payne slashed through the Razorbacks run defense.

San Jose State Outlook: The Spartans rolled against North Dakota, winning 42-10. While that was a nice effort to start the season, San Jose State knows this game will be a completely different beast.

Senior quarterback Blake Jurich put on a show, throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns, while the offense finished with over 400 yards.

What to watch for: Nick Marshall will be full-go in this game, as his team-enforced suspension is behind him. Expect his duel-threat ability to be on display against an overmatched Spartans defense.

Backup Jeremy Johnson should also get a chance to play in the second half, potentially flip-flopping the roles Marshall and Johnson had last week.

The Tigers offense will look to push 600 yards once again, a mark that they will be capable of eclipsing.

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Auburn - 55, San Jose State - 10

The Tigers left little doubt in their offensive capabilities last week, and facing San Jose State at home will only boost their confidence. Marshall and a stacked arsenal of weapons should roll right through the Spartans.

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