The Auburn Tigers face the No. 14 Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game with questions looming over how both programs will fare with suspensions to key players.
Auburn will be without starting center Reese Dismukes, who was suspended after an arrest for public drunkennes on Aug. 25, on an offensive line that was already dealing with questions of stability. The program is looking to rebound after a dismal 2011 season and faces a tough test against Clemson, although new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder will unleash a talented defensive line in what will likely be an aggressive attack on defense that is reminiscent of VanGorder's days at UGA.
Clemson has high hopes for this season but will play the first two games of the season without Heisman hopeful Sammy Watkins, who was suspended for a drug arrest in May. He will be replaced on the field by Charone Peake, who had just four catches for 71 yards in 2011.
Game time, TV channel: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Point spread: Clemson (-3).
For news, discussion and more: For more on War Eagle football, visit Auburn blog College And Magnolia, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more Tigers football, visit Clemson blog Shakin' The Southland.
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