The SEC's two best teams since 2004 meet as the No. 19/23 Auburn Tigers take on No. 1/2 LSU in Baton Rouge. Since 2004, LSU has the league's best conference record at 43-17 (.717), while Auburn is just one win behind at 42-18 (.700). The winner of the Auburn-LSU game has won the SEC West and advanced to Atlanta for the conference championship in five of the last eight seasons and seven of the past 11.
AUBURN HEADLINES: Auburn and LSU will meet for the 45th time in series history. LSU holds a 23-20-1 edge in the 44 previous meetings. Auburn is 5-14-1 against LSU in Baton Rouge. LSU has won the last five meetings in Baton Rouge with Auburn's last win coming in 1999. Six of the last seven games, and 13 of the last 21, in the Auburn-LSU series have been decided by seven points or less. The teams have split those six games, with Auburn holding a 7-6 edge in those 13 contests. The game is Auburn's third against a top 10 opponent in the last four weeks. Auburn has won 20 of its last 22 games dating back to the 2010 victory over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. Auburn has won 11 of its last 12 conference games and 12 of 13 against SEC opponents. Auburn is 20-2 when leading at halftime under head coach Gene Chizik and has won 14 straight. Auburn is 9-0 in games decided by four points or less, including 5-0 vs. SEC teams, under Chizik. Auburn is 9-3 against ranked teams under Gene Chizik and 2-2 in road games against ranked teams. The Tigers are 9-5 in games away from Auburn under Gene Chizik. Auburn has posted five fourth-quarter comebacks under Gene Chizik, including two in 2011. Since 1994, Auburn is 2-2 against opponents holding a No. 1 ranking in the AP poll. Auburn's defense has forced eight turnovers (three INT's/five fumbles) in the last three games after forcing just five (four INT's/one fumble) in the first four games of the season. In Auburn's last three wins (Florida, South Carolina, FAU), the Tigers have 8.0 sacks and just 3.0 sacks in the four other games this season (Arkansas, Clemson, Mississippi State, Utah State). In Auburn's last three wins, the Tigers' d-line has accounted for 13.0 of team's 20.0 tackles-for-loss. Punter Steven Clark was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after pinning two punts inside the 20-yard line and putting enough hang time to hold Florida to -4 yards on four punt returns. DE Corey Lemonier was named SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after totaling six tackles, 3.0 TFL's and 2.0 sacks and four QB hurries vs. Florida. Lemonier is first in the SEC/T-11th nationally with 6.0 sacks and T-2nd SEC/T-20th nationally with 10.0 TFL's. Kicker Cody Parkey leads the SEC and is second in the FBS with 21 touchbacks.