Auburn football is looking to bounce back on Saturday against Mercer after a historically poor offensive showing in another low-scoring loss to Clemson.
The No. 15 Tigers (1-1) will host FCS program Mercer for the first time since 1922 on Saturday afternoon. It’ll be an abnormally early homecoming game for Auburn, which doesn’t start SEC play until Week 4 against Missouri.
After beating Georgia Southern in an opening night rout, Auburn lost 14-6 at defending national champion Clemson in Week 2. Mercer, which brought back its program from a long hiatus in 2013, is 1-1 after beating Jacksonville 48-7 in Week 1 and losing a heartbreaker 28-27 to a top-10 Wofford team on Saturday.
Auburn-Mercer football game time, details
- Time: 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
- Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
- Line: N/A
What channel is Auburn-Mercer on?
The SEC Network Alternate channel will broadcast the game.
Who is calling Auburn-Mercer for SEC Network?
Joel Myers is on play-by-play commentary, while Brian Kinchen is the color analyst.
How can I watch Auburn-Mercer online?
You can stream the game at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Auburn-Mercer on the radio?
You can listen to the Auburn Sports Network call with Rod Bramblett, Stan White and Ronnie Brown. Locally in Auburn, the broadcast is on 93.9 FM. The Auburn Sports Network also offers a stream on AuburnTigers.com and the TuneIn app.
What you need to know about Auburn-Mercer
- Hello, old friend: Mercer used to be a staple of Auburn football’s schedules in the early days of the program. The Tigers have an 11-0 record all-time against the Bears, who disbanded their football team in 1941. Bobby Lamb brought the program back five seasons ago.
- Role reversal: Auburn currently ranks 5th nationally in yards allowed per play (defense) and 125th nationally in yards gained (offense) per play. The Tigers had one of the country’s best offenses and worst defenses in those same categories in Gus Malzahn’s first two years at Auburn.
- Domination over the SoCon: Auburn is 71-1-1 all-time against teams currently in the Southern Conference, which is the home of Mercer football. The Tigers have double-digit wins over Chattanooga, Samford and Mercer.
- Happy homecomings: Auburn is 78-8-4 all-time in homecoming games and has won 25 straight, which is a program record. The Tigers haven’t lose a homecoming game since Mississippi State in 1991. Mississippi State is the most common homecoming opponent in program history.
- No room to run: Auburn football held both Georgia Southern and Clemson to fewer than 100 rushing yards in the first two games of the season. That is the second time that has happened in the Gus Malzahn era, with the other time coming in 2014.
- Dominant defense from Day 1: Auburn has allowed just 359 combined yards of total offense against Georgia Southern and Clemson. That is the fewest through the first two games of the season since Auburn allowed 274 yards in the first two games of the 1989 campaign. That season, Auburn shared the SEC championship with a 10-2 record and defeated Ohio State in the Hall of Fame Bowl at the end of the year.