- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Texas A&M; (6-3, 2-3 SEC) at No. 3 Auburn (7-1, 4-1 SEC), 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Line: Auburn by 21 1/2.

Series Record: Texas A&M; leads 3-1.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Auburn is third in the College Football Playoff rankings and trying to stay in strong position with road games against No. 17 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama awaiting. Texas A&M; could go a long way toward turning the season around with an upset after losing three consecutive SEC games.



KEY MATCHUP

Texas A&M;’s pass rush against Auburn’s offensive line. The Aggies have racked up 30 sacks, led by freshman Myles Garrett with 11. That breaks Jadeveon Clowney’s SEC freshman record. Auburn has allowed a league-low six sacks, partly because QB Nick Marshall is so elusive behind a veteran line.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Texas A&M;: Freshman QB Kyle Allen is making his first start either in a league game or on the road and it’s his show with Kenny Hill suspended. Allen passed for just 106 yards against Louisiana-Monroe in his starting debut but still became the first Aggies freshman quarterback to win his starting debut since 1992. He faces a defense that has given up 757 passing yards in the past two games. The Tigers shut down LSU freshman Brandon Harris in a similar situation earlier this season.

Auburn: RB Cameron Artis-Payne is the SEC’s leading rusher and has gained 310 yards in the past two games against South Carolina and Mississippi. Texas A&M; is 12th in the SEC in rush defense, giving up 177.8 yards per game on the ground and 15 rushing touchdowns.

FACTS & FIGURES

Auburn has won 14 consecutive home games, the longest current streak in the nation. They’ve won at Jordan-Hare Stadium by an average score of 41.5-19.0 under coach Gus Malzahn. … Texas A&M; won 63-21 in its only previous trip to Jordan-Hare, in 2012. … The Aggies have outscored opponents 89-30 in the fourth quarter. Auburn has a 79-31 edge in the final 15 minutes. … Marshall’s 1,699 career rushing yards is 185 behind the school record for a quarterback set by Phil Gargis from 1973-76.

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