AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are hoping to rise up and Louisiana-Monroe is trying to come down from a huge win.
The winless Tigers host the Warhawks Saturday a week after a troubling loss at Mississippi State. Louisiana-Monroe is fresh from an opening win over then-No. 8 Arkansas.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik says his team will keep pushing ahead and "any other response is unacceptable."
Defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker calls the game "a must-win, hands down."
Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier is coming off a five-turnover game. Louisiana-Monroe's Kolton Browning passed for a career-high 412 yards against the Razorbacks.
Despite the different situations, it's still the SEC versus the Sun Belt. Auburn is a 16½-point favorite, has won all eight meetings with the Warhawks and is 18-0 against Sun Belt teams.