AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is down to the stretch run of its home-heavy schedule, and it will take on a cross-divisional foe for its final SEC matchup inside Jordan-Hare Stadium for 2016.
On Monday, the SEC announced that Auburn (5-2, 3-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-3 SEC) will face off next Saturday at noon ET. A television network has not been determined yet. That will be decided after the Oct. 29 games.
Auburn will be coming off its road trip to Ole Miss, where the Tigers are hoping to extend their impressive winning streak to five games. Vanderbilt is off for Week 9.
Gus Malzahn’s Auburn team set several program and SEC records in a 56-3 blowout win over Arkansas in its last game inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers rushed for 543 yards and held a potent Razorbacks offense out of the end zone in the blowout win.
Vanderbilt will arrive on the Plains looking for a key win to boost its bowl game hopes. The Commodores knocked off Georgia by a score of 17-16 in Week 7 and followed it up with a 35-17 win over FCS program Tennessee State in Week 8. Vanderbilt is led by tackle machine Zach Cunningham and a fierce Derek Mason defense.
The Commodores actually hold an all-time series lead against Auburn at 21-20-1. Vanderbilt beat Auburn in both 2008 and 2012, which were the final seasons for both head coaches Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik. Auburn reeled off 13 straight wins in the series from 1978 to 2007 to take over a cross-divisional rivalry that was dominated by Vanderbilt in the first few decades of the schools’ football histories.
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