A Top 10 showdown that could also be a potential de facto elimination game for the College Football Playoff standings takes place in “The Swamp” on Saturday when Florida hosts Auburn in a key interdivision SEC clash.
How to Watch:
When: Saturday, Oct. 5
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
No. 10 Gators have won both their games since Kyle Trask stepped into the starting quarterback spot after Feleipe Franks was lost for the season with a dislocated ankle in their, 29-21, victory at Kentucky on Sept. 14.
Florida (5-0, 2-0 SEC East) cruised to a 38-0 victory over FCS foe Towson last Saturday with Trask completing 18 of 20 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a third score rushing. The Gators forced three turnovers and limited the overmatched Tigers to 248 yards in recording their second shutout of an FCS team on the season.
Trask has completed 77.3 percent of his passes for 647 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions on the season, but he and Florida will be taking on their toughest challenge to date in No. 7 Auburn (5-0, 2-0 West).
The Tigers, who already have a neutral-site win over then-No. 11 Oregon to start the season and a road win at then-No. 17 Texas A&M, blasted MississippI State, 56-23, at home last Saturday. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix accounted for 391 yards of total offense and three touchdowns–two passing and one running–as Auburn scored six first-half touchdowns and finished with 578 total yards.
Nix has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all five games, but more importantly, has not thrown an interception in the last four after being picked off twice by the Ducks in his collegiate debut. His 335 passing yards against the Bulldogs were a season best, and he has accounted for 1,153 total yards and nine touchdowns passing and running.
Auburn has won the last three meetings between the schools, but this is the first matchup since the Tigers won, 17-6, on the Plains in 2011. This is the first Top 10 showdown between the teams since No. 7 Florida recorded a 24-10 win at sixth-ranked Auburn in 1997.