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Thursday November 23rd, 2017 8:12AM

No. 2 Georgia faces big test against No. 10 Auburn

By The Associated Press

No. 2 Georgia (9-0, 6-0 SEC, CFP No. 1) at No. 10 Auburn (7-2, 5-1, CFP No. 10), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 2 ½.

Series record: Georgia leads 57-55-8.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

The Bulldogs have topped the playoff rankings for two straight weeks and can almost certainly hold onto that position with a win. They've already clinched the SEC East title but haven't started 10-0 since 1982. The Tigers, meanwhile, are nursing playoff hopes of their own and face the top two teams, including No. 1 Alabama, at home.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia's tailbacks against Auburn's run defense. The Bulldogs can run Nick Chubb, Sony Michel and others against the Tigers, who have allowed only six rushing touchdowns. The Bulldogs rank last in the SEC in passing offense.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: QB Jake Fromm. The freshman will almost certainly have to make some plays with the defense likely loading up to stop the run. The league's No. 2-rated passer also has to continue to avoid major mistakes.

Auburn: RB Kerryon Johnson. Auburn's workhorse has averaged 26 carries over the last five games. He leads the league with 15 rushing touchdowns and a 124-yard-per game average.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia has won nine of the last 11 in the series. Auburn's two wins during that stretch came in 2010 and 2013, when it played for a national title. ... The Bulldogs have already secured a spot in the SEC championship game for the first time since 2012. ... The teams first played in 1892 and have played more often than in their state rivalry games, Georgia-Georgia Tech and Auburn-Alabama. ... Georgia is 16-11-2 at Auburn. ... Auburn has already set a school record by scoring 40-plus points in five SEC wins this season. The 261 points scored is the most for the Tigers through six league games. The Bulldogs' 236 points against SEC teams is also that program's high mark for this point in the season. ... Georgia leads the league in third-down conversions and Auburn is second.

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