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Unbeaten SEC Tigers face off

The last of the unbeatens in the SEC face off this afternoon at Jordan-Hare Stadium, as LSU and Auburn put their perfect records on the line in a key conference battle. This is the first time ever that both LSU and Auburn are 7-0 in the same season – the last time LSU won its first seven games was in 1973 and the last time Auburn did it was in 2004.

Quarterback Cameron Newton has carried Auburn on offense, accounting for 25 of the 36 touchdowns scored by the Tigers. He has emerged as a legitimate Heisman candidate, ranking first in the conference in rushing yards per game, total yards per game, and pass efficiency.

Cam Newton Rushing by Direction
This Season

On the ground, Newton has carried the ball up the middle on more than two-thirds of his rushes and has been successful going up the gut, averaging nearly eight yards per rush. But he’s had no trouble going outside when needed, and has been explosive when turning the corner, with 10 of 39 outside rushes going for at least 10 yards.

Cam Newton Passing
This Season

When dropping back to pass, Newton has thrived with added pressure. Last Saturday, Arkansas blitzed on almost two-thirds of his passes and Newton made the Razorbacks pay, completing 8-of-9 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. Overall, he has completed over 75 percent of his passes, including eight touchdowns, and yet to throw a pick when facing a blitz this season.

On the other side of the ball, LSU brings its sixth-ranked rushing defense to the matchup. The Tigers haven’t allowed a 100-yard individual rusher this season and have allowed just two teams to rush for more than 100 yards. LSU has done a good job limiting the passing attack, too, allowing an opponent efficiency rating of 106.4, which ranks third in the conference and 16th in the nation.