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Saturday situation, Game 13

The matchup: No. 3 Auburn (11-1, 7-1 SEC) vs. No. 5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1) in the SEC Championship game

Mason leads the SEC in rushing yards and TD's/Todd Van Emst photo

Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.

When: Saturday, 3:00 p.m. CT

TV: CBS

The series: Missouri leads the series 1-0 with a 34-17 win in the 1973 Sun Bowl.

Coaches: Gus Malzahn is 11-1 in his first season at Auburn and 20-4 in his second season overall. Gary Pinkel is 101-61 in his 13th season at Missouri and 174-99-3 in his 23rd year overall.

Senior Writer Bryan Matthews' prediction: Auburn, 33-24

Staff Writer Austin W. Penny’s prediction: Auburn, 35-28

2013 STATISTICS

Points per game: Auburn 38.6, Missouri 38.8

Points allowed per game: Auburn 22.5, Missouri 19.4

Rushing yards per game: Auburn 318.2, Missouri 236.9

Rushing yards allowed per game: Auburn 157.6, Missouri 119.1

Passing yards per game: Auburn 172.8, Missouri 252.6

Passing yards allowed per game: Auburn 256.7, Missouri 266.3

Total yards per game: Auburn 491.0, Missouri 489.5

Total yards allowed per game: Auburn 414.2, Missouri 385.4

Auburn offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall 119-of-201, 1,627 yards, 11 TD, 5 INT, 140 carries, 922 yards, 10 TD. QB Jeremy Johnson 29-of-41, 422 yards, 6 TD, 2 INT. RB Tre Mason 237 carries, 1,317 yards, 18 TD, 15 KO returns, 395 yards, 1 TD. RB Corey Grant 60 carries, 585 yards, 5 TD, 4 KO returns, 139 yards, 1 TD. RB Cameron Artis-Payne 88 carries, 573 yards, 5 TD. WR Sammie Coates 32 catches, 747 yards, 6 TD. WR Ricardo Louis 25 catches, 290 yards, 2 TD. WR Marcus Davis 22 catches, 191 yards, 1 TD. WR Quan Bray 20 catches, 191 yards, 3 TD. TE C.J. Uzomah 9 catches, 146 yards, 3 TD. PK Cody Parkey 13-of-17, 93 points.

Auburn defensive leaders: CB Chris Davis 65 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 12 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF. LB Cassanova McKinzy 56 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 4 QBH. S Jermaine Whitehead 56 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR. S Ryan Smith 56 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 3 INT, 3 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF, 1 BLK. Star Robenson Therezie 54 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 4 INT’s, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. CB Jonathon Mincy 49 tackles, 1 INT, 11 PBU. LB Kris Frost 46 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF. S Ryan White 45, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 1 FR, 1 FF. LB Jake Holland 44 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR. DT Gabe Wright 28 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 8 QBH, 1 FR. DE LaDarius Owens 28 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 9 QBH. DE Dee Ford 23 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 8.0 sacks, 1 PBU, 16 QBH, 2 FF. DE Carl Lawson 19 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 6 QBH, 2 FF. P Steven Clark 47 punts, 42.7 avg, 18 I20.

Missouri offensive leaders: QB James Franklin 162-242, 1,952 yards, 16 TD, 4 INT, 91 carries, 412 yards, 3 TD. QB Maty Mauk 66-129, 1,039 yards, 10 TD, 2 INT. RB Henry Josey 153 carries, 951 yards, 13 TD. RB Russell Hansbrough 99 carries, 624 yards, 4 TD. RB Marcus Murphy 81 carries, 561 yards, 9 TD. WR Marcus Lucas 50 catches, 596 yards, 2 TD. WR Dorial Green-Beckham 49 catches, 686 yards, 10 TD. WR L’Damian Washington 44 catches, 824 yards, 10 TD. PK Andrew Baggett 14-of-21, 99 points.

Missouri defensive leaders: LB Andrew Wilson 87 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 3 PBU, 2 QBH, 1 FR. SS Braylon Webb 73 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 INT, 7 PBU. CB E.J. Gaines 59 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 4 INT, 2 PBU, 1 QBH. LB Kentrell Brothers 59 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, 3 INT, 3 PBU, 2 QBH. DE Markus Golden 50 tackles, 13.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT, 7 QBH, 2 FR, 1 FF. DE Michael Sam 42 tackles, 18.0 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 9 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF. DE Shane Ray 33 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 9 QBH, 2 FF. DE Kony Ealy 32 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT, 5 PBU, 14 QBH, 1 FR, 1 FF. P Christian Brinser 56 punts, 40.7 avg, 23 I20.

Notable: Auburn has won seven SEC titles ..... Auburn is 2-2 in four previous appearances in the SEC Championship game with two straight wins ..... Auburn has won 87 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points ..... Auburn leads the SEC and is fifth nationally averaging 318.3 rushing yards per game ..... Auburn has scored 30 points in eight consecutive games for the first time since 1994 ..... The Tigers are 6-0 in games decided by eight points or less and has six come-from-behind wins ..... Sophomore Sammie Coates leads the nation averaging 23.3 yards per reception ..... Senior Chris Davis ranks second in the nation averaging 20.5 yards per punt return ..... Auburn has posted the biggest turnaround in the nation (+8 wins) this season and the biggest turnaround in SEC history (+7 conference wins) ..... Auburn is third in the SEC in red zone offense and second in red zone defense.

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