No. 8 Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC, No. 9 CFP) at Georgia (5-4, 3-4), 3:30 p.m. (CBS) Line: Auburn by 10.
No. 8 Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC, No. 9 CFP) at Georgia (5-4, 3-4), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)
Line: Auburn by 10.
Series Record: Georgia leads 56-55-8.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Auburn is playing to protect its hopes for the SEC title and a shot to land in the playoff. Georgia is playing to become bowl eligible and win its third straight in the long rivalry.
In a matchup of strength against strength, Auburn's running game, which leads the SEC, will be tested by Georgia's run defense, which ranks third in the league. Auburn averages about 300 yards per game on the ground but the status of RB Kamryn Pettway, the nation's No. 4 rusher, is threatened by a left leg injury.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Auburn: RB Kerryon Johnson. If Pettway can't play or his carries are limited, Johnson has strong credentials with 616 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. Johnson already has started four games this season, so he would be comfortable if given the lead role.
Georgia: QB Jacob Eason. The freshman showed impressive poise in leading a late game-winning drive last week at Kentucky. Eason must avoid mistakes and have success on play-action passes to keep Auburn's defense from loading the box to stop tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia has won eight of the last 10 in the series. Auburn's only wins in that stretch came in 2010 and 2013, when it competed for the national championship. ... The teams first played in 1892 and have played more often than in their state rivalry games, Georgia-Georgia Tech and Auburn-Alabama. ... Auburn has an 18-13 record in Athens, which Georgia is 16-11-2 at Auburn. From 1920-58, the game usually was played in Columbus, Georgia. ... Auburn has held eight of its last 10 opponents under 20 points and six straight opponents without a rushing touchdown. ... Georgia is 2-4 since winning its first three games under first-year coach Kirby Smart.