LSU is look­ing to main­tain mo­men­tum against Auburn

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Here are some things to watch in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence dur­ing Week 7 of the col­lege foot­ball sea­son:

GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 10 Auburn at LSU: Af­ter win­ning at Florida last week, LSU re­turns home and con­tin­ues try­ing to bounce back from its slow start to the sea­son. Auburn seeks to re­main un­beaten in SEC play. LSU has won 19 straight Oc­to­ber games in Ba­ton Rouge and 10 con­sec­u­tive Oc­to­ber games over­all. Auburn won last year’s game 18-13 when LSU quar­ter­back Danny Etling’s ap­par­ent game-win­ning touch­down pass to D.J. Chark was over­turned af­ter video re­plays showed no time re­mained on the clock when the ball was snapped.

MATCHUP OF THE WEEK

Mis­souri WRs J’Mon Moore and Johnathon John­son vs. Ge­or­gia CBs Malkom Par­rish, Tyrique McGhee and Dean­dre Baker. Mis­souri has strug­gled at a lot of things this sea­son, but one thing the Tigers do fairly well is throw the ball. Their 1,470 yards pass­ing rank sec­ond in the SEC. Ge­or­gia leads the SEC and ranks sixth na­tion­ally in pass ef­fi­ciency de­fense. The Bull­dogs have al­lowed only three touch­down passes through six games.

NUM­BERS GAME

No. 1 Alabama has 71 straight wins against un­ranked op­po­nents head­ing into its matchup Satur­day with Arkansas. The Crim­son Tide’s last loss to an un­ranked foe was against Auburn in 2007. … Auburn has won three straight SEC games by at least 20 points. The last time Auburn ac­com­plished that feat was in 1987. … No. 4 Ge­or­gia is seek­ing its first 7-0 start since 2005, the last time the Bull­dogs won the SEC. … Each of the last five meet­ings be­tween South Carolina and Tennessee has been de­cided by three points or less. … Auburn’s Ker­ryon John­son has 12 touch­down runs to lead all Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion play­ers. … Texas A&M is seek­ing its first vic­tory in the state of Florida in nearly three-quar­ters of a cen­tury this week. The Ag­gies’ lone win in the Sun­shine State was a 70-14 rout of Mi­ami in 1944. Texas A&M will be mak­ing its first visit to Gainesville since a 42-6 loss to Florida in 1962.

UPSET WATCH

Florida is fa­vored by 2½ points at home over Texas A&M. The Ga­tors just lost a home game to LSU and the Ag­gies looked feisty in a 27-19 loss to No. 1 Alabama last week­end. South Carolina is a three-point un­der­dog at reel­ing Tennessee. The Game­cocks are com­ing off a solid win vs. Arkansas and coach Will Muschamp has never lost to Butch Jones.

IM­PACT PER­FORMER

Af­ter miss­ing the en­tire 2016 sea­son with a her­ni­ated disc in his neck, South Carolina line­backer Skai Moore is back this year and has 42 tack­les, in­clud­ing five for loss. He recorded a sack and also scored on a 34-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn against Arkansas last week, one of three touch­downs pro­duced by South Carolina’s de­fense. Moore’s al­ways had a nose for the ball, as this se­nior line­backer has 13 ca­reer in­ter­cep­tions.

AP Photo/Butch Dill

Auburn run­ning back Ker­ryon John­son (21) breaks free for a long run dur­ing the first half of an NCAA col­lege foot­ball game against Mis­sis­sippi State on Sept. 30 in Auburn, Ala.

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