Auburn-Clemson preview

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2010

By the Associated Press –

No. 16 Auburn (2-0) vs. Clemson (2-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Auburn by 7.

Series Record: Auburn leads 33-11-2.

Last Meeting: 2007, Auburn, 23-20.


Both teams want to prove they’re legit after 2-0 starts. Auburn has scaled the rankings with a win over Arkansas State and a narrow escape at Mississippi State. Clemson has pounded on lesser teams North Texas and Presbyterian College.


Clemson QB Kyle Parker against a secondary that is giving up 226 passing yards a game, ninth-worst in the Southeastern Conference. Parker directs an offense that leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in five categories, including touchdown passes and pass efficiency.


Clemson: S DeAndre McDaniel. He should be a key in trying to slow down Auburn’s dual-threat QB Cameron Newton. Newton is the SEC’s No. 2 rusher, while McDaniel leads Clemson in tackles and had eight interceptions last season.

Auburn: RB Michael Dyer. He’s just a freshman and hasn’t started yet, but coaches have said he’s ready for a bigger role. Compact and powerful, Dyer could be poised to make up some ground on Newton as the team’s top rusher.


Auburn has won the past 13 meetings, but this is the first regular-season matchup since 1971. … Clemson is just 6-28-1 all-time in road games against ranked nonconference teams, but has won three of the last seven. … Clemson is 10th nationally in pass efficiency while Auburn is fourth. … Auburn coach Gene Chizik began his college coaching career as a Clemson graduate assistant during the 1988 and 1989 seasons. … Auburn’s 10 touchdown plays in the first two games have averaged 25.1 yards. … Clemson is off to just its 12th 2-0 start in the past 39 years. … Parker helped Clemson’s baseball team beat Auburn in the decisive game of an NCAA regional with a three-run homer in the 13-7 win.