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NCAA NOV 1

Game of the Day: Auburn at Ole Miss

Auburn Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels (-1.5, 51)

Coming off its third 40-point effort in the last four games, No. 4 Auburn will face a stiff challenge Saturday when it visits ninth-ranked Mississippi in an SEC West showdown. The SEC is loaded with intriguing matchups on a weekly basis, but this contest is particularly attractive since Ole Miss is trying to bounce back from its first loss while Auburn is hoping to avoid losing at both Mississippi schools. The Tigers were defeated at current No. 1 Mississippi State 38-23 two games ago before bouncing back with a 42-35 triumph against South Carolina.

"(Improving on a weekly basis) has been the plan all year from day one," said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. "We are going to need to have that happen because we are playing the meat of our schedule with three top-10 teams on the road. I don't know another team in the country that is doing that." The other game that Malzahn is referring to is next month's contest at No. 8 Georgia, but first the Tigers must find a way to score against the nation's top defense. The Rebels are giving up just 10.5 points per game and basically fell right on that number in last week's 10-7 defeat at 17th-ranked LSU.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Mississippi -2

LINE HISTORY: After opening at Ole Miss -3, the line has dropped to -1.5. The total has jumped from an opening line of 50 to 51.

INJURY REPORT: Auburn - DE Carl Lawson (Ques-Knee), OL Patrick Miller (Ques-Undisclosed) Ole Miss - DT Robert Nkemdiche (Prob-Undisclosed), CB Cody Prewitt (Prob-Shoulder), OL Ben Still (Prob-Knee)

WEATHER REPORT: Clear skies are expected for the game with the temperature near 52°F. Winds will be gusting upwards of six mph.

ABOUT AUBURN (6-1, 3-1 SEC): The Tigers landed at No. 3 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings - one spot ahead of the Rebels - but whichever team loses Saturday almost certainly will fall out of the playoff picture. Auburn ran for a season-high 395 yards last week against South Carolina with Cameron Artis-Payne totaling 167 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Nick Marshall adding 89 and three scores. Another key weapon for Auburn is Quan Bray, who leads the nation in punt return average (25.2) and has a pair of punt return TDs in 2014.

ABOUT MISSISSIPPI (7-1, 4-1): Ole Miss has outscored opponents 62-3 in the first quarter this season, including 7-0 against LSU last weekend, but the Rebels could not dent the scoreboard over the final three quarters, losing on an interception by Bo Wallace near the goal line with two seconds left. "This league is brutal," said Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, whose team has thrived off turnovers this season, leading the nation with 90 points off miscues. Wallace, who had thrown 126 consecutive passes without a pick before the final play against LSU, is the SEC's active career leader in passing touchdowns (58), total touchdowns (74), passing yards (8,415) and total yards (9,322).

TRENDS:

*Tigers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 conference games.
*Under is 10-1 in Rebels last 11 games overall.
*Home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
*Over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings in Mississippi.
The play: Ole Miss -1'

others...
Kansas St -12'
Gators +11

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