Following a 28-21 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels last week, the Auburn Tigers (3-4, 0-4 SEC) turn their attention to the Mississippi State Bulldogs (4-3, 1-3 SEC).

Auburn is favored for the first time since the Samford game. The line is currently -6.5.

The Tigers will be looking for their first conference win of the Hugh Freeze era at home.

What are the five biggest questions surrounding this game?

How will Mike Wright perform for Mississippi State?

Will Rodgers will not be playing, meaning Mike Wright will be starting at quarterback for the Bulldogs.

Wright is 16-23 for 146 yards, two touchdowns and one interception so far this season.

The level of play the Bulldogs get out of Wright will go a long way towards determining what kind of game this will end up being.

How will Auburn's offensive line perform?

Avery Jones, who has been playing center for Auburn, went down with an injury against Ole Miss. Freshman Connor Lew stepped into his place and will continue to play center for the Tigers this week.

Auburn's offensive line play has been better this season, but it still has some work to do. That group's play will set the tone for how Auburn is able to perform.

Will Auburn's pass defense hold up?

Defending the pass has been one of Auburn's biggest strengths this season.

If it can continue the level of play it has put together, Auburn will have a good chance of beating Mississippi State.

Who needs to step up for Auburn?

On offense quarterback Payton Thorne. On defense linebacker Eugene Asante.

Thorne needs to show some improvement. This is a good chance to do that.

Asante has been playing great but needs to lead the way again this week.

How important is it for Auburn to win this game?

It is crucial.

If Auburn is victorious, 8-4 is still on the table.

If Auburn loses, playing in the Birmingham Bowl becomes the ceiling for the season.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and the SEC Network will carry the broadcast.

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