KICKOFF: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET

GAMEDATE: 9/6/14

SITE: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama

TV: ESPN2

SERIES: This is the first meeting between San Jose State and Auburn.

RANKINGS: Auburn 5th

KEYS TO THE GAME

Senior running back Cameron Artis-Payne saw the questions about Auburn's running attack in the days leading up to the opener against Arkansas and made up his mind he would show any doubters how wrong they were.

After rushing for 177 yards in the 45-21 victory, Artis-Payne probably has silenced any critics.

"I read everything that everybody puts out about how they don't know about how the running game is going to be," Artis-Payne said. "We made it through, and we're going to be all right."

Artis-Payne and classmate Corey Grant gave the Tigers a solid one-two tandem in the backfield, and both once again are likely to share the rushing responsibilities when the Tigers are host to San Jose State Saturday.

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee refers to the two as "1A and 1B" as the two are listed as co-starters on the depth chart.

"We'll just continue to see how it plays out moving forward," Lashlee said. "I was really proud, more importantly, of how both of those guys finished runs. They fell forward just about every time they came into contact, and Cameron really broke a lot of tackles."

The visiting Spartans had some success in stopping their opponent on the ground in winning their opener, but that was against North Dakota, which netted only 118 yards rushing.

San Jose State will be looking for a second consecutive win over a ranked opponent after finishing the 2013 campaign by beating then-No. 15 Fresno State.

"I think you have to simplify it down to one-on-one battles," Spartans coach Ron Caragher said. "It's you against the man across the line of scrimmage.

"All the bells and the whistles, birds flying in the air and bands playing and the number of fans -- whether there's 200,000 fans in the stand -- it doesn't matter. It's the game of football."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Spartans

-- QB Blake Jurich, a backup the last three seasons, made his starting debut a notable one, completing 22 of 25 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the opening win over North Dakota. Jurich entered the season only 9-of-20 passing for 92 yards in his career.

-- WR Tyler Winston caught 10 passes for a third consecutive game in San Jose State's opening win over North Dakota, the first San Jose State player to do so. He also finished his freshman season last year with 10 receptions each in the last two games (vs. Navy and vs. Fresno State).

-- PR Tyler Ervin is a reason to stick around when the opponent is punting. He had two returns for 73 yards a touchdown in the opener, which is more return yardage than the Spartans have had as a team in each of the last three seasons.

-- CB Cleveland Wallace III was granted immediate eligibility after transferring from Washington and started off the year with an interception against North Dakota. He also had an interception as a freshman last year for the Huskies.

Tigers

--WR Duke Williams came to Auburn as the No. 1 junior college prospect in the country and immediately showed why. He caught nine passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas in his Tiger debut with seven of the receptions coming in the first half.