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Saturday situation, Game 4

The matchup: Auburn (3-0, 1-0 SEC) at No. 6 LSU (3-0, 0-0)

Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

When: Saturday, 6:45 p.m. CST

TV: ESPN

The series: LSU leads 26-20-1 and 15-5-1 in Baton Rouge. LSU has won two straight including a 12-10 win at Jordan-Hare Stadium last year.

Coaches: Gus Malzahn is 3-0 in his first season at Auburn and 12-3 in his second season overall. Les Miles is 88-21 in his ninth season at LSU and 116-42 in 13 seasons overall.

Senior Writer Bryan Matthews' prediction: LSU, 31-28

Staff Writer Austin W. Penny’s prediction: LSU, 34-17

2013 STATISTICS

Points per game: Auburn 31.0, LSU 46.0

Points allowed per game: Auburn 17.7, LSU 19.0

Rushing yards per game: Auburn 238.7, LSU 218.7

Rushing yards allowed per game: Auburn 157.3, LSU 110.7

Passing yards per game: Auburn 201.7, LSU 269.3

Passing yards allowed per game: Auburn 276.3, LSU 157.0

Total yards per game: Auburn 440.3, LSU 488.0

Total yards allowed per game: Auburn 433.7, LSU 267.7

Auburn offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall 43-of-70, 585 yards, 4 TD, 2 INT, 27 carries, 102 yards. RB Corey Grant 24 carries, 230 yards, 2 TD. RB Tre Mason 39 carries, 206 yards, 2 TD, 5 KO returns, 176 yards, 1 TD. RB Cameron Artis-Payne 35 carries, 166 yards. 1 TD. WR Marcus Davis 8 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD. WR Sammie Coates 7 catches, 167 yards, 1 TD. WR Quan Bray 6 catches, 108 yards, 1 TD. PK Cody Parkey 7-of-8, 29 points.

Auburn defensive leaders: Star Robenson Therezie 17 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 2 INT’s, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. S Jermaine Whitehead 16 tackles, 1 PBU. CB Jonathon Mincy 15 tackles, 5 PBU. CB Ryan White 14 tackles, 3 PBU. LB Cassanova McKinzy 13 tackles, 2 QBH. DE LaDarius Owens 13 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 3 QBH. S Joshua Holsey 13 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 QBH. DE Craig Sanders 6 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 4 QBH. DT Gabe Wright 4 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 3 QBH. P Steven Clark 13 punts, 43.5 avg, 5 I20.

LSU offensive leaders: QB Zach Mettenberger 45-of-69, 797 yards, 9 TD, 0 INT. RB Terrence Magee 26 carries, 210 yards, 3 TD. RB Jeremy Hill 17 carries, 169 yards, 3 TD. RB Alfred Blue 32 carries, 153 yards. WR Odell Beckham Jr. 15 catches, 330 yards, 4 TD. WR Jarvis Landry 17 catches, 246 yards, 5 TD.

LSU defensive leaders: DT Ego Ferguson 16 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 1 QBH. DE Jermauria Rasco 14 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 QBH. S Ronald Martin 14 tackles, 2 PBU. S Micah Eugene 13 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. LB Lamin Barrow 11 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. DT Anthony Johnson 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 QBH.

Notable: Auburn is making its 76th appearance on ESPN today, the most of any college football program ..... 42 of the previous 47 Auburn teams that started 3-0 finished with a winning season ..... Auburn is 42-32-6 in SEC road openers and has won 16 of its last 17 ..... Auburn is one of only six teams that hasn’t allowed a point in the fourth quarter ..... Auburn is 10-of-10 in red zone scoring, which leads the SEC ..... Cody Parkey has made seven straight field goals and leads the SEC with 59 straight PAT kicks made ..... None of Steven Clark’s 13 punts have been returned this season after allowing only five returned punts all of last season ..... Auburn is 3rd in the nation averaging 34.8 yards per kickoff return.

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