- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at No. 11 Auburn (6-2, 4-1, No. 9 CFP), 12 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Auburn by 26.

Series Record: Vanderbilt leads 21-20-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Auburn has thrust itself into the SEC title and playoff mix with a five-game winning streak, but can’t afford another slipup. Vanderbilt is seeking its third straight win, something the Commodores haven’t managed since 2013.

KEY MATCHUP

Vanderbilt’s defense against Auburn’s running game, which ranks third nationally. The Tigers are averaging 303.4 yards a game on the ground behind workhorse RBs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson. Vandy LB Zach Cunningham, an Alabama native, leads the SEC with 85 tackles and is second with 13.5 tackles for loss.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vanderbilt: RB Ralph Webb. Webb’s 1,027 all-purpose yards leads the SEC and he trails only Pettway in rushing yards per game. Webb, who is chasing Zac Stacy’s school rushing mark, faces a defense that has allowed just four rushing touchdowns.

Auburn: Pettway. The 6-foot, 240-pounder is leading the SEC in rushing and ranks seventh nationally. In the past three games, Pettway has carried 96 times for 597 yards and six touchdowns. He led the nation in rushing yards in the month of October.

FACTS & FIGURES

This is Vanderbilt’s first visit to Auburn since 2007. … Auburn is the only team in the country averaging 300-plus rushing yards and 200-plus yards passing. … The Tigers have topped 600 yards of total offense three times at Jordan-Hare Stadium this season. … The Commodores run the ball 58.4 percent of the time, while Auburn keeps it on the ground on 70.4 percent of offensive plays. … The Commodores haven’t beaten a ranked team since 2013. … Vanderbilt has committed a league-low seven turnovers and hasn’t lost one in its last two games.

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