Florida Atlantic vs. Auburn: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

Oct 12, 2013; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) scores a touchdown as  Western Carolina Catamounts defensive back Trey Morgan (26) defends during the first half at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports
John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off an upset win over Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, the No. 11 Auburn Tigers find themselves with just one loss this season heading into their cool-down matchup with the Florida Atlantic Owls on Saturday.

The Tigers' lone loss came a few weeks back at the hands of LSU, which was ranked sixth in the nation at the time. Since then, Auburn has had no issues in slicing through its opposition, thanks to some sound defense and one of the nation's top rushing attacks that averages 300 yards per game.

Things have not been as great, however, for Florida Atlantic at 2-5. The Owls' only two wins have come against South Florida (2-4) and Alabama-Birmingham (2-4). Their only test against major competition came in Week 1 against the Miami Hurricanes, with the result being a 34-6 loss despite Miami pulling its starters in the second half.

Below is everything that fans will need to know about this seemingly lopsided matchup.


When: Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

Television: Local

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: N/A
  • Spread: Auburn (-24.5)


Owls Injury Report (via USA Today)

Owls Injury Report
Keith ReaserCB10/09/2013is expected to miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Winfred StricklandS09/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthead
USA Today


Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Tigers Injury Report
Jaylon DensonWR09/22/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Justin GarrettLB10/20/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida AtlanticQuestionableundisclosed
Keymiya HarrellDL10/20/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida AtlanticQuestionableknee
Demetruce McNealS08/17/2013was dismissed from the teamOutlegal/disciplinary
Patrick MillerT10/20/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Florida AtlanticQuestionabledisciplinary
Jeffrey WhitakerDT08/31/2013will miss the entirre seasonOutknee
USA Today


Can Florida Atlantic Slow the Run?

Oct 19, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Cameron Artis-Payne (44) runs with the ball against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second half at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The question that every team unfortunate enough to encounter Auburn this season has been forced to answer is: How does a defense curb Auburn's rushing attack?

Averaging 300 yards per game on the ground, Auburn's numbers are no fluke with its starting running back duo of Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne.

Mason has 693 yards on 5.8 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. Artis-Payne has been even better in fewer opportunities with 417 yards and four scores to go with an average of 7.1 yards per attempt. The explosive Corey Grant has had even fewer looks, but has still averaged 9.9 carries for 376 yards and three touchdowns.

What puts the Auburn rushing attack over the top is quarterback Nick Marshall, who comes in as the team's third-leading rusher with 388 yards and four scores on timely or designed scampers.

The Tigers rolled up 379 yards rushing against a stingy Aggies defense last week, so that should be the main focal point for the Owls on Saturday.



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Unfortunately for the Florida Atlantic faithful, this one is as lopsided as it looks.

The Owls surrender 181.4 rushing yards per game on 4.8 yards per carry, and that has come against just one team outside of the C-USA and the AAC—Miami, which rolled up 303 yards rushing in its rout of Florida Atlantic.

Even worse news for the Owls is that Marshall appears to have finally found his stride this season. After mediocre outputs earlier this season, Marshall exploded last week against the Aggies for 336 total yards, four touchdowns and did not throw an interception.

This one will be over by the half, but expect the starters to stay in as Auburn preps for a tough final four-game stretch against Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and No. 1 Alabama.



Tigers win, 38-7



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