Pillow Fight on the Plains

AUBURN - New Mexico State likes to name its football games. This season, the Aggies have played the Crimson Kickoff, the Tough Enough to Wear Pink game and the New Mexico Centennial Celebration.

New Mexico State quarterback Andrew Manley

So what should Saturday's game against Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium be called?

How about Pillow Fight on the Plains?

Auburn (1-7 overall and 0-6 in the Southeastern Conference) will play New Mexico State (1-7, 0-4 in the WAC) for homecoming on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. At no time in modern history have two teams with so little combined success met at Jordan-Hare so late in the season.

New Mexico State's only victory was in its opener, a 49-19 victory over Sacramento State. Auburn's only victory was 31-28 over Louisiana-Monroe in overtime.

Both teams are offensively challenged.

Auburn is No. 120, dead last in the FBS, in total offense with 284 yards per game. New Mexico State is No. 94 with 361.63 yards per game. Auburn is No. 119 in scoring offense with 16.38 points per game. New Mexico State is No. 99 with 21 points per game.

Auburn is No. 98 in rushing offense with 122.5 yards per game. New Mexico State is No. 113 with 96 yards per game. Auburn is No. 111 in passing offense with 161.5 yards per game. New Mexico State is the rarified of No. 41 in passing offense with 265.63 yard per game.

New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker finds no comfort in Auburn's struggles, though they look familiar.

"No rest for the weary," Walker said. "Even though they're having the same struggles we're having, the difference is they're a Southeastern Conference team."

The oddsmakers make Auburn a 23-point favorite.

Quarterback Andrew Manley has completed 154-of-283 passes for 2,090 yards with eight interceptions. Wide receiver Austin Franklin has caught 57 passes for 965 yards and nine touchdowns. Running back Germi Morrison has rushed 91 times for 451 yards and one touchdown.

It is uncertain who Auburn will start at quarterback. Freshman Jonathan Wallace put himself in the mix, passing for 122 yards in two touchdowns in Auburn's 63-21 loss to Texas A&M. Tre Mason leads Auburn in rushing with 554 yards and five touchdowns on 106 carries.

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