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Preview capsule: Florida Atlantic at No. 11 Auburn

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Auburn is riding a huge wave of momentum from a win over Texas A&M. Now, the Tigers are trying to avoid a lackluster follow-up against FAU. (AP Photos/Bob Levey/Wilfredo Lee) Auburn is riding a huge wave of momentum from a win over Texas A&M. Now, the Tigers are trying to avoid a lackluster follow-up against FAU. (AP Photos/Bob Levey/Wilfredo Lee)

Matchup:  Florida Atlantic (2-5) at No. 11 Auburn (6-1)

Time:  6:30 p.m.

TV:  FSN

Line: Auburn by 24.

Series record: Auburn leads 1-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Auburn is riding a huge wave of momentum from a win over Texas A&M. Now, the Tigers are trying to avoid a lackluster follow-up.

KEY MATCHUP

Auburn's running game against Florida Atlantic's rush defense. The Tigers' ground attack of QB Nick Marshall, Tre Mason and other running backs ranks eighth nationally and first in the SEC at 300.1 yards per game. Florida Atlantic ranks eighth in Conference USA in defending the run, giving up 183.6 yards per game. Auburn's starting offensive line has a 60-plus pound weight advantage per player over Florida Atlantic's defensive front.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida Atlantic: QB Jaquez Johnson, who has split time with Greg Hankerson, has passed for 1,060 yards and is also the team's No. 2 rusher with 346. He's accounted for 11 touchdowns, including a team-high five on the ground.

Auburn: S Ryan White. White switched to safety for the Texas A&M game with little or no preparation time thanks to the Josh Holsey's late-week season-ending knee injury. This game gives White more time to settle into his new position.

FACTS & FIGURES

Auburn rose 13 spots in the rankings thanks to the win over Texas A&M. ... The Tigers' 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns have already topped last season's totals. They were 1-6 at this point in 2012. ... Florida Atlantic has lost one game in overtime and two more by a combined five points. The Owls had a bye week after losing 24-23 to Marshall on a last-second field goal.

Matchup

 FAUAUB
W-L 2-5 6-1
Avg Points 22.3 35.9
Avg Points Allowed 26.0 22.0
Home Record 0-2 5-0
Road Record 2-3 1-1
Division Record 1-3 3-1
Conference Record 1-4 3-1

Passing Leaders

 
Florida AtlCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Johnson 60.6 1050 6 5
G. Hankerson 49.4 422 3 3
 
AuburnCMP%YDSTDINT
N. Marshall 57.3 1138 6 4
J. Johnson 73.9 201 4 1

Rushing Leaders

 
Florida AtlCARYDSAVGTD
J. Wallace 102 493 4.8 3
J. Johnson 96 341 3.6 5
 
AuburnCARYDSAVGTD
T. Mason 119 693 5.8 8
C. Artis-Payne 59 417 7.1 4

Receiving Leaders

 
Florida AtlRECYDSAVGTD
W. Dukes 25 337 13.5 4
D. McKinney 32 328 10.3 1
 
AuburnRECYDSAVGTD
S. Coates 18 423 23.5 2
Q. Bray 15 166 11.1 3
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