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Preview capsule: No. 24 Auburn at No. 7 Texas A&M

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With just one loss each this season, both Texas A&M and Auburn need a victory to keep close with undefeated Alabama in the SEC West. (AP Photos) With just one loss each this season, both Texas A&M and Auburn need a victory to keep close with undefeated Alabama in the SEC West. (AP Photos)

Matchup:  No. 24 Auburn (5-1, 2-1 SEC) at No. 7 Texas A&M (5-1, 2-1)

Time:  2:30 p.m. (ABC 33/40)

Line: Texas A&M by 12 ½.

Series record: Texas A&M leads 3-0.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

With just one loss each this season, both Texas A&M and Auburn need a victory to keep close with undefeated Alabama in the SEC West. It's the first of four straight home games for the Aggies, who hope to take advantage of the friendly stretch before a road trip to No. 6 LSU on Nov. 23. The Tigers are ranked for the first time since 2011 and look for their first-ever win over the Aggies.

KEY MATCHUP

Auburn's running game against Texas A&M's run defense: Auburn is averaging 287 yards rushing a game, which is tops in the SEC and seventh in the nation. The Aggies ranked 104th by allowing 201.2 yards rushing a game. The Tigers have used a diverse rushing attack and are one of only four teams in the country to have four different 100-yard rushers this season. Tre Mason leads with 515 yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Auburn:

QB Nick Marshall will return after missing last week's win over Western Carolina to rest a knee he injured Oct. 5 against Mississippi.

Texas A&M:

QB Johnny Manziel has picked up where he left off last season when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. He has thrown for 1,835 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 427 yards and five scores.

FACTS & FIGURES

This will be Auburn's first trip to College Station. ... The teams, who first played in 1911, have met twice in Dallas and A&M got a 63-21 win last year in Auburn. ... A&M coach Kevin Sumlin is 7-4 in his career against top-25 teams. ... Texas A&M has scored 40 points or more in nine straight games and gained 400 or more yards in 18 consecutive games. ... Texas A&M WR Mike Evans is third in the nation with 737 yards receiving. ... The Tigers have won 81 straight games when scoring at least 30 points. ... The Aggies have outscored their opponents 231-82 since Sumlin took over last season. ... Mason has a rushing touchdown in three straight games and 10 of his last 13.

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