Who: BCS No. 9 Auburn (8-1, 4-1 SEC) at Tennessee (4-5, 1-4)
When: Saturday, Noon ET
Where: Neyland Stadium (102,455) | Knoxville, Tenn.
Radio: Auburn IMG Sports Network (WVRK-102.9 FM in Columbus; WGZZ-94.3 FM in Auburn/Opelika)
All-time series: Auburn leads 27-21-3
Quick game notes: Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has got off to a fantastic start in his first year, posting an 8-1 record through nine games. It's the second best beginning to a coaching career on the Plains in the school's storied history. Terry Bowden won his first 20 games at the helm of the Tigers from 1993-94. ... It's been 20 years since a team has had to face as difficult a slate as the Volunteers this year. Auburn marks the seventh ranked team Tennessee will face in its last eight games, becoming the first school since Pittsburgh in 1993 to be dealt such a gauntlet. It's a record number of ranked opponents for the Volunteers to square off against in a single season; in 1991, they faced six ranked foes in the regular season and then No. 6 Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. ... Auburn's Tre Mason leads the SEC in rushing touchdowns with 13, with four of them coming last week versus Arkansas in a career-best performance. The junior running back has found the end zone in six straight games, the longest streak by a Tiger since Carnell Williams did the same in 2004. His six-game tear is the fourth-longest active streak in the FBS, placing him alongside Florida Atlantic's Jaquez Johnson and trailing Washington's Bishop Sankey (10 games), Indiana's Tevin Coleman (eight games) and Baylor's Bryce Petty (seven games). ... Tennessee is looking to end a five-game losing skid to Auburn, which stretches between 2003-09. It's a stark contrast to the Volunteers' previous luck against the Tigers, which saw them go 5-0-1 from 1989-99.
Tennessee offensive line vs. Auburn defensive lineAntonio Richardson
EDGE: Auburn. The Volunteers' line may be talented, but they haven't been as consistent as the Tigers' pass-rushers this season, especially since Ford's return against Mississippi State.
Mason vs. Tennessee front seven
BIG EDGE: Auburn. The numbers don't lie here.
Gus Malzahn vs. Butch JonesBret Bielema.
BIG EDGE: Auburn. Much like last Saturday this is a lay-up; Malzahn is 8-1 overall and has Auburn in the running for a conference title (and a national title, too, with a few more losses by the remaining undefeated teams around the country); Jones has won half as many games as his counterpart, though it should be noted that the Volunteers' schedule has been brutal with a capital "B."