Know thy foe: Auburn

Marcus Davis was Auburn's second leading receiver in 2015. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Marcus Davis was Auburn’s second leading receiver in 2015. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Game day: Oct. 8 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337) in Starkville.

Series: Auburn leads 61-26-2 overall and 12-6-1 in Starkville.

Last meeting: MSU won 17-9 in Auburn in 2015.

Head coach: Gus Malzahn, 27-13 in three years at AU and 36-16 in four years overall.

2015 Record: 7-6, 2-6 SEC

W vs. Louisville (at Atlanta) 31-24

W Jacksonville State (OT) 27-20

L at LSU 45-21

L Mississippi State 17-9

W San Jose State 35-21

W at Kentucky 30-27

L at Arkansas (OT) 54-46

L Ole Miss 27-19

W at Texas A&M 26-10

L Georgia 20-13

W Idaho 56-34

L Alabama 29-13

Birmingham Bowl

W vs. Memphis 31-10

Returning starters:

Offense (6)

WR Marcus Davis, 5-9, 180, Sr. – one carry, minus-8 yards; 30 catches, 181 yards, 1 TD

LG Alex Kozan, 6-4, 310, Sr.

C Austin Golson, 6-5, 314, Sr.

RG Braden Smith, 6-6, 300, Jr.

HB Chandler Cox, 6-1, 236, So. – three catches, 25 yards

QB Jeremy Johnson, 6-5, 234, Sr. – 95 of 157 passes, 1,054 yards, 10 TD, 7 INT; 47 carries, 137 yards, 6 TD

Defense (5)

DT Montravius Adams, 6-4, 309, Sr. – 44 tackles, 3 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 FF

DT Dontavius Russell, 6-3, 308, So. – 42 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 FR

CB Carlton Davis, 6-1, 195, So. – 56 tackles, 2 TFL, 0.5 sack, 3 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF

SS Tray Matthews, 6-1, 207, Jr. – 46 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF

FS Johnathan Ford, 6-0, 204, Sr. – 118 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 2 FF

Special Teams (0)

Former MSU Commitments

OL Deon Mix, 6-3, 315, Jr.

2016 Schedule

Sept. 3 Clemson

Sept. 10 Arkansas State

Sept. 17 Texas A&M

Sept. 24 LSU

Oct. 1 Louisiana-Monroe

Oct. 8 at Mississippi State

Oct. 22 Arkansas

Oct. 29 at Ole Miss

Nov. 5 Vanderbilt

Nov. 12 at Georgia

Nov. 19 Alabama A&M

Nov. 26 at Alabama

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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