No. 21 Auburn, Tennessee both looking to rebound on offense
Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 1-2), noon ET (SEC Network)
Line: Auburn by 15½.
Series record: Auburn leads 28-21-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both teams could use a win. The Tigers dropped 13 spots in the rankings after a loss to Mississippi State and are clinging to slim hopes of a repeat SEC West title. The Volunteers are coming off an open date and still seeking their first league win under coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Which struggling offense can get it going? Auburn is 11th in the SEC in scoring offense, one spot ahead of the Volunteers. Both also rank in the bottom half in both rushing and passing, but the Tigers present a big challenge with the nation’s No. 6 scoring defense.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tennessee: OLB Darrell Taylor recorded three sacks against Georgia. He was the first Tennessee player with three sacks in a game since eventual first-round draft pick Derek Barnett did it in 2016 against South Carolina.
Auburn: QB Jarrett Stidham is still trying to regain his 2017 form and get the Tigers’ offense back on track.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Volunteers have dropped 11 straight SEC games dating back to November 2016. … The two teams played annually from 1956-91 before the SEC split into two divisions. They haven’t met since 2013. Auburn has won the last six meetings. … The Tigers are allowing just 14.3 points per game. … Pruitt is 6-2 as an assistant coach against Auburn, including in Florida State’s 34-31 victory in the 2013 national championship game. … Tennessee defensive line coach Tracy Rocker won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award as an Auburn defensive tackle and is a former Tigers assistant.