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Previewing Auburn-Clemson

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Auburn hosts Clemson Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium in the 47th all-time meetings between the two schools, but the first regular-season matchup between the teams since 1971. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN and will also be Auburn's first-ever sporting event to be broadcast in 3D by ESPN 3D. The game has been designated as Auburn's TRUE BLUE game for 2010. All fans are encouraged to wear Auburn blue for the game....

Auburn leads the all-time series against Clemson, 33-11-2, and has won 13 consecutive games against the Tigers...

Auburn has a 5-5 all-time record when playing in ESPN GameDay's on-site game, including a 3-2 record at home...

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik began his collegiate coaching career at Clemson, serving as a graduate assistant during the 1988 and 1989 seasons...

Auburn is 20-4 in home night games since the 2000 season, including a record of 4-1 against nationally-ranked opponents...

Auburn opponents are 0-for-7 on third-down conversions during the fourth quarter this season...

Auburn has held four of its last six opponents to less than 100 yards rushing dating back to the 2009 season...

Auburn has totaled at least 500 yards of offense in five of Gus Malzahn's 15 games as offensive coordinator, after not reaching that mark in its last 40 games prior to his arrival. ..

Cameron Newton ranks second in the SEC in rushing (120.5) and total offense (281.5), third in passing efficiency (186.51) and 10th in all-purpose yards (131.5)...

Auburn's 10 touchdown plays this season have averaged 25.1 yards per play, including five that covered at least 35 yards...

Auburn has played 12 true freshmen, which is tied for the fourth-highest total in the nation...

Auburn has just one player on its roster from the state of South Carolina. True freshman offensive lineman Eric Mack is from St. Matthews and attended Calhoun County High School...

Clemson has eight players on its roster from the state of Alabama: S Desmond Brown (Centre), RB Demont Buice (Gadsden), WR Brandon Clear (Hoover), RB D.J. Howard (Lincoln), LB Brandon Maye (Mobile), OG Antoine McClain (Anniston), TE Darrell Smith (Gadsden) and TE Drew Taylor (Birmingham)...

Auburn has played 202 games against current members of the ACC over the years, and has played every member at least twice. Auburn owns a record of 119-75-8 (.609) against ACC schools...

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik began his collegiate coaching career at Clemson, working with the linebackers as a graduate assistant for two seasons from 1988-89. The Tigers went 20-4 in his two years, including wins in the 1988 Citrus and 1989 Gator Bowls...

The Auburn-Clemson football game will be the first Auburn sporting event ever broadcast in 3D, and just the fourth college football game ever to be shown in 3D...

ESPN's College GameDay Built by Home Depot featuring Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard will be in Auburn this weekend for the Auburn-Clemson game. It will mark the sixth visit to Auburn by the GameDay crew, which last visited for the 2008 Auburn-LSU game. Auburn also hosted GameDay for the 1995 Iron Bowl, 1997 and 2006 games against Florida and a 2004 game against Georgia. GameDay was scheduled to be at the Auburn-LSU game on Sept. 18, 2004, but the threat of Hurricane Ivan forced the show to be relocated. It will be the 11th time that Auburn has played in GameDay's on-site game. The Tigers are 5-5 in GameDay contests, including a 3-2 mark at home. Listed are Auburn's all-time appearances on GameDay:

Date Result Game (Site)

Oct. 4, 2008 L, 13-14 at Vanderbilt (Nashville)

Sept. 20, 2008 L, 16-21 vs. LSU (Auburn)

Sept. 16, 2006 W, 27-17 vs. Florida (Auburn)

Dec. 4, 2004 W, 38-28 vs. Tennessee (Atlanta)

Nov. 13, 2004 W, 24-6 vs. Georgia (Auburn)

Oct. 2, 2004 W, 34-10 at Tennessee (Knoxville)

Oct. 18, 1997 L, 10-24 vs. Florida (Auburn)

Nov. 23, 1996 L, 23-24 vs. Alabama (B'ham)

Nov. 18, 1995 W, 31-27 vs. Alabama (Auburn)

Nov. 19, 1994 L, 14-21 vs. Alabama (B'ham)

Auburn has been tough to beat in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, accumulating a record of 20-4 (.833) since the 2000 season in home games starting at 6 p.m. or later. That stretch includes a 4-1 record against ranked opponents, with wins over No. 1 Florida in 2001, No. 2 Florida in 2006, No. 7 Tennessee in 2003 and No. 14 Georgia in 2000...

Auburn's defense has performed well against the run in its first two games, ranking third in the SEC and 17th nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 80 yards per game.