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Auburn football: Closer look at today's game against LSU

No. 6 LSU (7-0, 4-0 SEC) at No. 4 Auburn (7-0, 4-0), 3:30 p.m., CBS-3

Line: Auburn by 6.

Series Record: LSU leads 23-19-1

Last meeting: LSU 31-10 last season in Baton Rouge, La.

What’s at Stake

First place in the SEC West, with only a few conference games remaining. Both teams are 4-0 in the league and would move a game up on former-AP No. 1 Alabama, an important buffer considering LSU and Auburn still must play the lurking Crimson Tide before the season ends.

Key Matchup

It’s strength-on-strength when Auburn’s top-ranked SEC rushing offense goes up against LSU’s top-ranked SEC rushing defense. Auburn is averaging 283.7 yards per game and has gained more than 300 rushing yards in three straight SEC games. LSU has allowed 83.6 rushing yards per game and a mere 2.4 yards per carry.

Players to Watch

LSU: CB/PR extraordinaire Patrick Peterson has the ability to shut down half the field in the passing game and can score a touchdown on any punt return. He already has two returns for touchdowns this year.

Auburn: It’s a grand stage for QB Cam Newton to make a Heisman Trophy-worthy statement. He leads the SEC in rushing (862 yards) and passing efficiency (180.5), but he hasn’t face a defense like this.

Facts & Figures

This is the first matchup of top-10 teams at Jordan-Hare Stadium since No. 10 LSU beat No. 6 Auburn 26-21 in 2008. ... Auburn hasn’t beaten a top-10 opponent at home since 2006, when it toppled No. 2 Florida 27-17. ... LSU has a three-game winning streak in the series, its first since winning three straight in 1972-73 and 1980. ... Newton is the only player in Auburn history other than Bo Jackson in 1985 to have four games of 170 or more rushing yards in the same season. .... Auburn is 7-0 for the first time since 2004, LSU for the first time since 1973. ... LSU is 34-0 under head coach Les Miles when it rushes for 100 yards and holds an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards.

— Andy Bitter