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Saturday situation, Game 6

The matchup: Auburn (4-1, 2-1 SEC) vs. Western Carolina (1-5)

Malzahn has Auburn off to a 4-1 start this season/Todd Van Emst photo

Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.

When: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. CST

TV: PPV

The series: Auburn leads 2-0 with a 55-6 win in 1986 and a 56-0 win in 2002.

Coaches: Gus Malzahn is 4-1 in his first season at Auburn and 13-4 in his second season overall. Mark Speir is 2-15 in his second season at Western Carolina and 2-15 overall.

Senior Writer Bryan Matthews' prediction: Auburn, 55-6

Staff Writer Austin W. Penny’s prediction: Auburn, 48-10

2013 STATISTICS

Points per game: Auburn 28.8, WCU 20.3

Points allowed per game: Auburn 22.0, WCU 40.8

Rushing yards per game: Auburn 242.2, WCU 139.3

Rushing yards allowed per game: Auburn 164.8, WCU 236.5

Passing yards per game: Auburn 184.4, WCU 211.2

Passing yards allowed per game: Auburn 279.6, WCU 207.8

Total yards per game: Auburn 426.6, WCU 350.5

Total yards allowed per game: Auburn 444.4, WCU 444.3

Auburn offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall 71-of-120, 902 yards, 4 TD, 4 INT, 55 carries, 288 yards, 2 TD’s. RB Tre Mason 86 carries, 415 yards, 5 TD, 8 KO returns, 243 yards, 1 TD. RB Cameron Artis-Payne 47 carries, 256 yards. 2 TD. RB Corey Grant 28 carries, 248 yards, 2 TD. WR Sammie Coates 13 catches, 319 yards, 1 TD. WR Marcus Davis 13 catches, 98 yards, 1 TD. WR Ricardo Louis 12 catches, 64 yards. WR Quan Bray 8 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD. PK Cody Parkey 8-of-10, 38 points.

Auburn defensive leaders: Star Robenson Therezie 28 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 INT’s, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. S Jermaine Whitehead 26 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU. LB Cassanova McKinzy 23 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 3 QBH. CB Jonathon Mincy 22 tackles, 7 PBU. S Ryan Smith 21 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF. CB Ryan White 21 tackles, 5 PBU, 1 FR. DE LaDarius Owens 20 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 5 QBH. S Joshua Holsey 16 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 2 QBH. DT Gabe Wright 11 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 4 QBH. DE Carl Lawson 10 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 2 QBH. DE Dee Ford 10 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 3 QBH. P Steven Clark 24 punts, 43.1 avg, 7 I20.

WCU offensive leaders: QB Tony Mitchell 74-of-127, 1,030 yards, 8 TD, 5 INT, 70 carries, 353 yards, 1 TD. RB Darius Ramsey 66 carries, 263 yards, 3 TD. WR Karnorris Benson 23 catches, 412 yards, 6 TD. WR Terryon Robinson 20 catches, 290 yards, 2 TD. PK Richard Sigmon 4-of-5, 24 points.

WCU defensive leaders: LB Courtland Carson 65 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 QBH, 2 FF. FS Sertonuse Harris 47 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 FF. SS Ace Clark 44 tackles, 1 FR. LB Christon Gill 40 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PBU. DT Andre Shishkin 19 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR. P Clark Sechrest 40 punts, 38.8 avg, 9 I20.

Notable: This game will be Auburn’s 100th observance of Homecoming and 87th Homecoming game. From 1913 to 1924 Homecoming was held in conjunction with spring commencement ..... Auburn is 74-8-4 in Homecoming games ..... Nick Marshall became the fourth player to rush for 100 yards this season against Ole Miss, the first time that’s happened in Auburn history ..... In the fourth quarter, Auburn’s defense has held opponents to 3-of-21 on third down, 13 total points and an average of 73.8 yards ..... Auburn is 17-of-19 in red zone scoring, which is second in the SEC ..... The Tigers are tied for second in the SEC in red zone defense allowing opponent to score 14-of-20 times ..... Only two of Steven Clark’s 24 punts have been returned this season after allowing only five returned punts all of last season ..... Auburn is 4th in the nation averaging 30.7 yards per kickoff return.

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