Preview capsule: Florida Atlantic at No. 11 Auburn

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.


Line: Auburn by 24.

Series record: Auburn leads 1-0.


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.


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.


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.


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-L2-56-1Avg Points22.335.9Avg Points Allowed26.022.0Home Record0-25-0Road Record2-31-1Division Record1-33-1Conference Record1-43-1{}Team Averages & NCAA Ranks OffenseTeamPer Game Average / NCAA Rank Total Yards{}{}371.9 / 89th{}{}494.3 / 20thPassing Yards{}{}210.3 / 86th{}{}194.1 / 100thRushing Yards{}{}161.6 / 72nd{}{}300.1 / 8thPoints Scored{}{}22.3 / 102nd{}{}35.9 / 31st{}Passing Leaders {} Florida AtlCMP%YDSTDINT J. Johnson60.6105065G. Hankerson49.442233 {} AuburnCMP%YDSTDINT N. Marshall57.3113864J. Johnson73.920141Rushing Leaders {} Florida AtlCARYDSAVGTD J. Wallace1024934.83J. Johnson963413.65 {} AuburnCARYDSAVGTD T. Mason1196935.88C. Artis-Payne594177.14Receiving Leaders {} Florida AtlRECYDSAVGTD W. Dukes2533713.54D. McKinney3232810.31 {} AuburnRECYDSAVGTD S. Coates1842323.52Q. Bray1516611.13