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Saturday, Nov. 06, 2010

Auburn football: Closer look at today's game against Tennessee-Chattanooga

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CHATTANOOGA (5-3, 4-2 SOUTHERN CONFERENCE) AT NO. 2 AUBURN (9-0 6-0 SEC), 1 P.M. (PPV)

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Series Record: Auburn leads 20-0

Last meeting: Auburn won 76-10 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1995

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Auburn will try to block out the distractions surrounding Cam Newton’s recruitment controversy and keep itself in the discussion for the national championship by beating a lower-division school. Chattanooga, a Football Championship Subdivision team, has a chance to play in an SEC stadium. An upset is unlikely.

KEY MATCHUP

Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman, a transfer from Tennessee, has thrown for 2,257 yards and 21 touchdowns this year. Auburn’s secondary has been prone to giving up yards and is shorthanded with injuries to cornerbacks T’Sharvan Bell (hamstring) and Anthony Morgan (various injuries). The Mocs could put up some yardage here.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Chattanooga: WR Joel Bradford is Coleman’s favorite target, hauling in 66 passes for 1,027 yards and seven touchdowns. He leads the FCS with 128.4 receiving yards per game.

Auburn: All the young players. The Tigers aren’t expecting a close game, so getting inexperienced players reps — and more importantly getting experienced ones rest — will be a high priority for the coaching staff.

FACTS & FIGURES

Auburn’s average margin of victory in the series is 28.7 points. ... The Tigers have won their past 18 homecoming games. ... They are No. 2 in the Associated Press poll, their highest ranking since 2006. ... Auburn is fourth nationally in rushing (307.7 ypg), sixth in total offense (496.2 ypg) and 10th in scoring offense (40.0 ppg). ... Auburn RB Mike Dyer is 107 yards shy of Bo Jackson’s school freshman record set in 1982. ... The Mocs are looking for winning seasons in back-to-back years for the first time since 1990-91. ... Chattanooga had a five-game winning streak snapped last week against Elon. The Mocs were ranked 23rd in the FCS coaches poll before the loss.

— Andy Bitter

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