Where: Auburn, Ala.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
TV/Radio: ESPN2/1590, 860-Sp.
Story line: The Spartans go from beating an FCS school, North Dakota, 42-10 in San Jose in their opener to playing on the road against a team that reached the BCS Championship Game last season. San Jose State had dropped 20 consecutive games against Top 25 teams before ending 2013 with a 62-52 victory over No. 16 Fresno State. The highest-ranked team the Spartans have beaten? No. 9 TCU, with LaDainian Tomlinson, in 2000.
Injuries: San Jose State – Cornerback Jimmy Pruitt (knee) and wide receiver Jabari Carr (groin) are probable. Auburn – None reported.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Auburn QB: Senior Nick Marshall was suspended for the first half of the Tigers’ 45-21 win over Arkansas last Saturday. He had been cited for marijuana possession in July. Backup Jeremy Johnson, a sophomore, merely completed 12 of 16 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Marshall, who will start against the Spartans, went 4-for-6 for 50 yards and scored the go-ahead TD on a 19-yard run.
4 times 10? The Spartans’ Tyler Winston grabbed 10 passes for 96 yards and two scores against North Dakota. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound sophomore has made 10 catches in each of his past three games (including against Navy and Fresno State last season). He’s the first San Jose State player with three consecutive games of double-digit receptions.
For kicks: Junior Austin Lopez has kicked 39 field goals in his career, tied with former 49ers and Raiders kicker Joe Nedney for second most in San Jose State history. Jared Strubeck (2005-08) had 43.
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