Auburn’s gritty win over Cal is still fresh in everybody’s mind, but it is never too early to look ahead and see how their next opponent is playing.
The Tigers are set to return to Jordan-Hare Stadium next week for an in-state showdown with FCS opponent Samford. For the first time all season, Auburn won’t be playing an unbeaten team as the Bulldogs were crushed by Western Carolina 30-7 last week, dropping them to 1-1 on the season.
The Bulldog offensive line struggled to protect quarterback Michael Hiers who was sacked six times and lost one fumble. They were also held to just 46 yards rushing on 23 carries
Samford opened the scoring with a seven-play, 97-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Western Carolina tied it back up on their ensuing drive and pulled away as the Bulldogs struggled to move the ball the rest of the game.
Hiers was able to complete 21-of-31 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown. His top target was Ty King who caught three passes for 96 yards.
Saturday’s matchup will be the 30th game between these two programs with Auburn having a commanding 28-0-1 record in the series. The game is set to start at 6 p.m. CT and will be on ESPN+ and SEC Network+.