Kent State (1-1) at No. 8 Auburn (2-0)
When/Where: Saturday, 7 p.m./Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.
TV/Radio: ESPN2/WHLO 640 AM.
Series: First meeting.
About Auburn: The Tigers broke into the top 10 with a come-from-behind victory over Oregon in their season opener. They start a true freshman quarterback in Bo Nix, the son of former star Auburn signal-caller Patrick Nix. Bo Nix has struggled with his accuracy thus far, completing just 47 percent of his passes, but he's a five-star recruit from Alabama who is expected to keep the Tigers in the national title chase for the next several years. Auburn's defense is loaded with stars per usual. The line is the strength, led by senior tackle Derrick Brown, while seniors Jeremiah Dinson and Daniel Thomas form arguably the best safety tandem in the nation.
About Kent State: The Flashes are fresh off a 26-23 overtime victory over Kennesaw State, which was ranked No. 7 in the FCS. The opposition escalates considerably this week. Kent State is playing the second of three games against Power 5 foes in 2019. The Flashes were able to hang tough in the trenches on both sides of the ball in a 30-7 season-opening loss at Arizona State. They'll also visit Wisconsin on Oct. 5 after opening Mid-American Conference play at home against Bowling Green next week. Junior quarterback Woody Barrett was expected to get a crack at his old program on Saturday, and likely will — but quite possibly not as a starter. Barrett opened his collegiate career at Auburn in 2016. Last week Barrett, KSU's 2018 starter, barely played while junior Dustin Crum led Kent State past the Owls by throwing for 192 yards and a touchdown. Lewis said this week that both Crum and Barrett will play against the Tigers, but would not name his starter. The Flashes will receive $1.9 million from Auburn to play Saturday's game.
— Allen Moff