Auburn: Focus on Western Carolina not Texas A&M

By: Matt Harris Email
By: Matt Harris Email

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The Auburn Tigers insist they're not looking ahead to a game with No. 9 Texas A&M.

The Tigers (4-1) face struggling FCS team Western Carolina Saturday ahead of the trip to College Station with quarterback Nick Marshall's status uncertain.

Auburn defensive tackle Gabe Wright says rebuilding from a 3-9 season ensures that the team will "treat this next opponent as a chance to build ourselves."

Auburn has plenty to work on despite the early success, from an inconsistent passing game to a vulnerable pass defense. Marshall hurt a knee against Mississippi.

Coach Gus Malzhan hasn't said whether Jonathan Wallace or freshman Jeremy Johnson would get the nod if Marshall can't go.

Western Carolina (1-5) haven't beaten an FCS or FBS team since 2010, a span of 31 games.

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