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NCAA Football: Auburn at Mississippi Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

What You Need to Know:

  • Auburn and Texas A&M have the same overall record of 5-3; however, Auburn is 2-3 in SEC play. Auburn has wins over Washington, Arkansas, and Ole Miss. Auburn lost the battle of the tigers to LSU, as well as Tennessee and Mississippi State. Auburn and Texas A&M looked similar in their losses to Mississippi State
  • Auburn’s remaining schedule includes at Georgia, Liberty, and at Alabama. Those are going to be two tough road games to close out for the Warring Eagle-Tigers.
  • Auburn sits at 15th in over-all S&P rankings. Offensively the Bulldogs are sitting at 85th in the S&P; while 5th defensively in the S&P. The numbers basically mirror Mississippi State.
  • The Aggies dropped to 26th in the S&P. The Aggie Offense sits at 44th, while the Defense sits at 30th.
  • Association of Former Student Events: Midnight Yell is being held at the SandBar - 355 Coosa St., Montgomery, AL 36104. The All-Aggie Tailgate will be located at Ag Heritage Park.
  • Go check out College and Magnolia for the latest on Auburn.

Betting Lines:

  • Auburn opened as -4.5 point favorite. The line has since moved to -6.0 in favor of Auburn.
  • Auburn is 3-5 against the spread and 2-4 ATS at home. A&M is 6-2 ATS and 2-1 on the road.

Historical Notes:

  • Texas A&M leads the all-time series at 5-3.
  • Since joining the SEC, the home team has not won in this matchup. Prior to joining the SEC, Aubun and A&M have played twice, both in Dallas, and both A&M victories. Here is a rundown of the past games that A&M has won at Auburn from an Auburn perspective. They leave out the 2013 horsecollar game, because Auburn won in College Station on the no-call, grr. However, recovering 2 fumbles in the 2014 game sure was fun.
  • Auburn is known as the Tigers, but does not have a live tiger. It does use a live eagle in pre-game pageantry to fly across the stadium to the War Eagle yell. A&M is currently 2-1 against teams with live Mascots.
  • War Eagle is also an endearing term used like Howdy, or Roll Tide among fans. Auburn has clarified that its mascot will remain the Tigers, as they are the “Tigers who say ‘War Eagle’”.
  • Famous Auburn Tigers Alumni include Charles Barkley, Bo Jackson, Frank Thomas, Cam Newton, Octavia Spencer, and Eric O’Neill. Leave others I missed in the comments.

Tigers to Watch:

Ryan Davis - SR WR

Davis leads the teams in receptions at 38 (17 more than the next closest receiver) and second in yards at 321. Davis appears to be the safety net for a struggling Jarred Stidham. Davis uses his speed and shifty moves to beat defenses. The A&M defense will need to keep him bottled up, especially on dreaded third downs to keep Auburn from moving the chains.

Nick Coe - SO DL

Coe is a 6’5” Defensive Lineman with 6 sacks and 1 forced fumble on the season. A&M has faced a number of good D Lines this season, and Auburn will be another stiff test. Coe has been a spark for the already stiffling Tiger defense. Coe recorded 3 sacks against Ole Miss this past weekend. Coe will be another big test for A&M’s O Line.

Media Blitz:

  • Venue: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
  • Game Time: 11:00 am CT
  • Channel: ESPN

Newsreel:

  • A&M Linebackers have been busy this season and are a huge reason why this run defense is much improved. Otara Alaka had 9 tackles while Tyrell Dodson had 8 tackles Saturday Night.
  • Braden Mann had another punt over 50 yards this season. That is his 18th punt over 50 yards. The NCAA season record is 32 punts over 50 yards.

Weather:

  • The forecast is calling for a Sunny day with highs in the mid 60s. Should be a beautiful day for early morning football.