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Auburn football: Closer look at today's game against Louisiana-Monroe

Louisiana-Monroe (1-2) at No. 10 Auburn (4-0), noon (ESPNU)

Line: Auburn by 35

Series Record: Auburn leads 7-0

What’s at Stake

Auburn, ranked in the top 10 for the first time in two years, tries to start 5-0 for a second straight season. ULM looks to match its 2007 upset of Alabama and knock off another SEC program.

Key Matchup

Auburn leads the SEC in rushing, averaging 278 yards per game. ULM has a decent rush defense. The Warhawks have held eight of their past 14 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. ULM opponents have had only two rushes longer than 20 yards this season.

Players to Watch

ULM: QB Kolton Browning leads the team in passing (590 yards, 5 TD) and rushing (183 yards, 1 TD).

Auburn: LB Josh Bynes is back atop the Tigers’ defensive leaderboard. He has 29 tackles in four games, with 3.5 TFLs, a half sack and an interception.

Facts & Figures

Auburn beat ULM 34-0 the last time they met, in 2004. … The Tigers are 15-0 against the Sun Belt, including a 52-26 win against Arkansas State earlier this year. … Auburn QB Cam Newton leads the SEC in rushing (121.3 ypg) and passing efficiency (182.5). He is the first quarterback in school history to throw for at least two touchdowns in his first four games. … Tigers DT Nick Fairley leads the SEC in tackles for a loss (8.5) and sacks (4). … ULM running back Frank Goodin needs 773 yards to pass Calvin Dawson as the school’s all-time leading rusher. Goodin has 2,606 career rushing yards. … ULM first-year coach Todd Berry had head coaching jobs at Illinois State (24-24 from 1996-1999) and Army (5-36 from 2000-03).

— Andy Bitter

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