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Auburn RB Corey Grant
Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn takes on his former team in just his second game on the Plains, as the Tigers host Arkansas State on Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Malzahn's history with the Red Wolves makes this game interesting. Some folks in Jonesboro weren't happy with the way Malzahn left, and his former players will undoubtedly want to make a statement against their former coach.
Conversely, Malzhan is familiar with virtually that entire roster, which gives the Tigers a major advantage over the out-manned Red Wolves. That's a big reason why the line in this one jumped from six to 13 in a matter of hours on Monday.
In the end, this game is all about quarterback Nick Marshall. Marshall didn't turn the ball over last week against Washington State which was a step in the right direction. But he still wasn't consistent enough in the passing game to be considered the dynamic playmaker he needs to be for the Tigers to be successful.
Arkansas State rolled up 672 yards and 62 points in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week, which means Auburn's defense—which had three picks last week—better come to play.
Can you say shootout? Because that's what this will turn into in a hurry.
Marshall will top 300 total yards and account for four touchdowns, Tre Mason, Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne will all be big factors as running backs and receivers out of the backfield, and Auburn will win a wild one.
If Marshall makes a couple of turnovers at the wrong time, though, don't be surprised if the Tigers get upset.
Prediction: Auburn 47 - Arkansas State 38