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Saturday situation, Game 7

The matchup: No. 24 Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 7 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1)

Auburn is hoping for a big game from Mason/Todd Van Emst photo

Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

When: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CST

TV: CBS

The series: Texas A&M leads 3-0 including a 63-21 win at Auburn in 2012.

Coaches: Gus Malzahn is 5-1 in his first season at Auburn and 14-4 in his second season overall. Kevin Sumlin is 16-3 in his second season at Texas A&M and 51-20 in his fifth season overall.

Senior Writer Bryan Matthews' prediction: Auburn, 44-41

Staff Writer Austin W. Penny’s prediction: Auburn, 38-35

2013 STATISTICS

Points per game: Auburn 34.3, Texas A&M 47.8

Points allowed per game: Auburn 18.8, Texas A&M 32.0

Rushing yards per game: Auburn 287.0, Texas A&M 224.7

Rushing yards allowed per game: Auburn 148.3, Texas A&M 201.2

Passing yards per game: Auburn 187.2, Texas A&M 361.8

Passing yards allowed per game: Auburn 250.8, Texas A&M 273.2

Total yards per game: Auburn 474.2, Texas A&M 586.5

Total yards allowed per game: Auburn 399.2, Texas A&M 474.3

Auburn offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall 71-of-120, 902 yards, 4 TD, 4 INT, 55 carries, 288 yards, 2 TD. QB Jeremy Johnson 17-of-21, 201 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT. RB Tre Mason 92 carries, 515 yards, 7 TD, 8 KO returns, 243 yards, 1 TD. RB Cameron Artis-Payne 54 carries, 389 yards, 3 TD. RB Corey Grant 33 carries, 331 yards, 3 TD. WR Ricardo Louis 15 catches, 117 yards, 1 TD. WR Marcus Davis 14 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD. WR Sammie Coates 13 catches, 319 yards, 1 TD. WR Quan Bray 12 catches, 138 yards, 2 TD. PK Cody Parkey 8-of-10, 46 points.

Auburn defensive leaders: Star Robenson Therezie 28 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 3 INT’s, 1 PBU, 1 QBH. S Jermaine Whitehead 27 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU. LB Cassanova McKinzy 23 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 3 QBH. CB Jonathon Mincy 23 tackles, 1 INT, 7 PBU. S Ryan Smith 23 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF. DE LaDarius Owens 21 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 5 QBH. LB Jake Holland 21 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 2 QBH, 1 FR. CB Chris Davis 21 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 5 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF. DT Gabe Wright 13 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 4 QBH. DE Dee Ford 12 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 4 QBH. DE Carl Lawson 11 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 4 QBH. P Steven Clark 24 punts, 43.1 avg, 7 I20.

Texas A&M offensive leaders: QB Johnny Manziel 131-of-179, 1,835 yards, 14 TD, 5 INT, 66 carries, 427 yards 5 TD. RB Ben Malena 73 carries, 375 yards, 8 TD, 13 catches, 103 yards, 1 TD. RB Tra Carson 43 carries, 237 yards, 4 TD. RB Trey Williams 22 carries, 172 yards, 3 TD. WR Mike Evans 32 catches, 737 yards, 5 TD. WR Malcolme Kennedy 30 catches, 331 yards, 4 TD. PK Josh Lambo 4-of-5, 24 points.

Texas A&M defensive leaders: S Howard Matthews 38 tackles, 5 PBU. LB Steven Jenkins 34 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 QBH, 1 FF. S Deshazor Everett 33 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 2 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR. LB Darian Claiborne 32 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1 INT. CB Tramain Jacobs 28 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU. DT Alonzo Williams 18 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, 3 PBU, 1 QBH. DE Tyrone Taylor 8 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF. P Drew Kaser 16 punts, 47.5 avg, 9 I20.

Notable: Auburn has won 81 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points ..... At No. 24 in the AP poll, Auburn is ranked for the first time since Nov. 12, 2011 ..... Auburn’s 16 rushing touchdowns and eight passing touchdowns this year match the team totals in both categories last year ..... Defensive end Dee Ford is 4th in the SEC averaging 0.75 sacks per game ..... Auburn is 20-of-23 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 ..... Auburn averages 4.17 penalties per game, which leads the SEC and is 15th nationally ..... In the fourth quarter, Auburn’s defense has held opponents to 3-of-23 on third down, 13 total points and an average of 67.0 yards ..... Only two of Steven Clark’s 24 punts have been returned this season after allowing only five returned punts all of last season ..... Auburn will wear its road white jerseys Saturday for the first time this season.

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