Auburn hosts Furman for homecoming

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The Auburn Tigers try to keep both their 17-year string of homecoming wins and their good mood intact.

The Tigers (6-3) host Furman (4-4) of the Football Championship Subdivision for homecoming on Saturday. They are fresh from a win over Mississippi that made Auburn bowl eligible.

After this one, the Tigers play Georgia and then No. 3 Alabama, with their first open date in between.

The Paladins are playing two Football Bowl Subdivision teams in a season for the first time since 1982. The first one didn't go well, resulting in a 52-12 loss to Missouri.

Furman has lost eight straight to FBS teams. Auburn and Furman haven't met since 1956, but the Tigers won the previous three meetings by a combined 119-6.

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