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Auburn QB Nick Marshall
Auburn isn't going to sneak up on anybody this season, and from October 25 on, the Tigers' schedule is downright brutal. Before then, there are a few traps.
One to look out for is Oct. 11 at Mississippi State.
The Tigers needed a last-minute touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to tight end C.J. Uzomah to topple the Bulldogs on the Plains last year, and now they have to travel to Starkville to take on a Mississippi State team that returns a ton of pieces on both sides of the ball.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has all offseason to work with quarterback Dak Prescott, the SEC's leading returning receiver in Jameon Lewis to rely on, an underrated running back in Josh Robinson and a veteran defense to help him try to lead his team into contention in the SEC West.
This game falls at a bad time for Auburn—after the visit from the always-physical LSU and at the tail end of a four-game stretch that also sends the team out to the Little Apple to take on Kansas State in Manhattan, Kansas.
Mississippi State's defense is tough, and if Auburn isn't prepared, the Bulldogs can absolutely spring the upset.