No. 7 Auburn hosts SWAC’s Alabama State in home opener

Alabama State (1-0) at No. 7 Auburn (1-0), 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)

Line: No line.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Auburn is still looking to get its running game going after averaging 3.3 yards per carry in a win over No. 9 Washington. FCS Alabama State, which plays in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, travels less than an hour for the game against a Southeastern Conference team.

KEY MATCHUP

Auburn’s offensive line against Alabama State’s defensive front. The Tigers get another chance to gain experience for a largely new line combination.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Alabama State: RB Ezra Gray. Gray averaged 39.3 yards on three kickoff returns and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 30-yard run in overtime against rival Tuskegee. He finished with 66 yards on 11 carries and caught a pair of passes.

Auburn: RB JaTarvious Whitlow. The redshirt freshman, Kam Martin’s top backup, is trying to carve a bigger role in the Tigers’ offense. He ran for the game-winning score against Washington.

FACTS & FIGURES

Auburn has only played two games against SWAC teams, facing Alabama A&M in 2012 and 2016. … The Tigers have won 12 straight games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. It’s the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS. … Auburn LB Darrell Williams was the SEC defensive player of the week and Nick Coe was named defensive lineman of the week. … Alabama State QB Darryl Pearson spent one season with Arkansas State before transferring.