Two teams coming off lopsided losses meet Saturday in Auburn when the Tigers host the Florida Gators at Jordan Hare Stadium. Kickoff is 7 PM ET on ESPN and the game between the longtime SEC rivals opened as a pick.

Florida (4-2 SU & 3-2-1 ATS) is in third place in the SEC West tied with Georgia and one game behind division leader South Carolina. The Florida Gators are 15-6-1 in their last 22 road games.

Florida Gators HelmetsAuburn (4-2 SU & 2-4 ATS) is also in third in the East trailing the unbeaten co-leaders LSU and Alabama who are both 6-0. The Auburn Tigers are 8-1 ATS in their last nine conference games but most of those wins came in 2010 when Cam Newton was at the helm.

Since 2004, Auburn and Florida have combined to win four of the seven Southeastern Conference Championships and three of the last five national championships. The Tigers won the 2004 and 2010 SEC and 2010 BCS titles, while the Gators claimed the 2006 and 2008 SEC and BCS championships.

One year ago

Freshman Wes Byrum kicked the game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired to lift Auburn to a 20-17 victory over No. 4 Florida in front of 90,685 fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.  The Tigers snapped the Gators 11-game winning streak while handing Urban Meyer his first home loss since he took over the program in 2005. 

Tigers gouge Gators

As expected, No. 1 LSU had no problem with Florida, routing the Gators 41-11. LSU’s defense overwhelmed QB Jacoby Brissett, who became the first true freshman to take his first career snap as a starter.

Brissett went 8 of 14 for 94 yards including a 65-yard TD pass to Andre DeBose and was also intercepted twice. He got very little help from Florida’s running attack which amassed 113 yards led by Chris Rainey’s 52 yards. The Gators were outgained by the Bayou Bengals 453-213. LSU had 238 yards rushing alone. As for his starter at QB this week against the Tigers, Florida head coach Will Muschamp doesn't know who his starter will be, just that it won’t be John Brantley. The fifth year senior is expected to miss a second straight game with a lower leg injury suffered in the Alabama game. Backup Jeff Driskel should be able to play after sitting out the LSU game with an ankle injury but if not that means Brissett would make his second consecutive start.

Auburn awful

The Tigers had no answer for Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson who completed 19 straight passes at one point, throwing for 262 yards and accounting for three touchdowns as the Razorbacks dealt Auburn a 38-14 setback.

The Tigers finished with 395 total yards but most of that came on the ground. Starting quarterback Barrett Trotter was 6 of 19 passing for 81 yards finishing with 104 passing yards and three picks. Michael Dyer rushed for 112 yards while Onterio McCalebb ran for 91 yards as Auburn had just 291 total yards. Dyer now has eight career 100+ yard rushing performances with six of those coming against SEC teams. He’s the first AU running back since Ben Tate in 2009 to go over the century mark in three consecutive league games. With Dyer leading the way (679 yards, eight touchdowns) Auburn ranks seventh in the country with 219 yards per game.

The loss was Auburn's first against a ranked opponent in the last nine tries and snapped its five game road winning streak in SEC games.

This begins a rough stretch of the schedule for the Tigers who still have LSU, Georgia and Alabama on the schedule. Their win total for the season is listed as six and they’ll be hard pressed to top it without a victory over Florida.

Gators and Tigers ATS splits

This will be Florida’s third road game of the season (1-1 SU & ATS). They’re averaging 29.5 points per game away from the swamp compared to 30.3 at home where they’re also averaging 380.2 total yards.

The defense ranks 11th in the nation in total yards allowed (291) and is 13th in passing yards, having surrendered 176 but they’ll need to do a better job of stopping the run, something they failed to do against Alabama and LSU.

Meanwhile, the Tigers are unbeaten at home (3-0 SU & 1-2 ATS) and are averaging 37.7 points per game at home compared to 27.8 overall. They’ve given up 29.2 ppg through six games but are slightly better (28.7) in their own yard.

Auburn is 25-8-1 against Florida and has won the last two meetings at home (2001 & 2006).

Each of the last four games in this series has been decided in the final minute, with Auburn winning three of the four. The Tigers are 9-0 in games decided by four points or less, including 5-0 vs. SEC teams, under head coach Gene Chizik.

Auburn has won 10 of its last 11 conference games and 11 of 12 against SEC opponents. The Tigers have won 11 consecutive games at home and since 2000 are 23-4 (.852) at JHS in night games.

Down year for the Sunshine State

For the first time since Dec. 6, 1982, none of the Florida schools were among the Top 25 Associated Press rankings. It marked the end of 472 straight polls where the Gators, Seminoles or Hurricanes were on the list.

On Saturday, Florida, Florida State and Miami lost on the same day for the first time since Oct. 30, 2004. It's happened only one other time since FSU and Miami began football, Oct. 14, 1978.

The weather for Saturday’s game is calling for clear skies and temperatures in the 70’s.

I’ve started a thread in the college football sub-forum and would appreciate your input on this and any other college football picks. Should this game be a pick, especially if the Gators are going with the freshman again? Is this a slap on Auburn not being favored at home?

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