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SEC football gets underway this Saturday.
The conference will feature a full slate of games and that includes one match-up of ranked teams. In one of the more anticipated match-ups of the week, No. 23 Kentucky will visit eighth-ranked Auburn.
For the first time in more than a decade, Kentucky has put together four straight winning seasons. Under head coach Mark Stoops, the Wildcats are coming off an 8-5 campaign and just two years removed from a 10-win season.
Under Gus Malzahn, Auburn has finished with a winning record in each year of his seven. The Tigers finished 9-4 last season and No. 14 in the final polls.
Saturday’s contest at Jordan-Hare Stadium will be the first meeting between the schools since 2015. Auburn leads the all-time series, 26-6-1. We now look back on the last five:
Auburn 30, Kentucky 27 — Oct. 15, 2015
Kentucky gave Auburn all it wanted in the Tigers’ last trip to Lexington — a Thursday night showdown. Twice, the Wildcats whittled a 10-point Auburn lead down to three, but could not get over the hump. Justin Garrett sacked Kentucky’s Patrick Towles on fourth down with more than two minutes to play to secure the win. Towles passed for 359 yards in the loss. Auburn’s Peyton Barber and Kentucky’s Stanley Williams each rushed for two touchdowns. Auburn’s Ricardo Louis and Kentucky’s Garrett Johnson each finished with more than 150 yards receiving.
(8) Auburn 37, Kentucky 34 — Oct. 9, 2010
Kentucky overcame a 17-point deficit to twice draw even, but Auburn was able to melt the final 7:31 off the clock with a drive for the ages. The Tigers marched 86 yards in 19 plays to set up Wes Byrum’s game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton accounted for more than 400 total yards and four rushing touchdowns in the win. For Kentucky, Randall Cobb rushed for two scores, caught a touchdown and threw for a score in the loss.
Kentucky 21, Auburn 14 — Oct. 17, 2009
Trailing 14-7 after three quarters, Kentucky scored two touchdowns in the final 6:29 to stun Auburn in the last meeting at Jordan-Hare Stadium. After Will Fidler’s 2-yard touchdown run tied the game, Randall Cobb scored from four yards out to put Kentucky ahead for good with 3:17 to play. Derrick Locke and Cobb combined for 235 yards rushing in the win. Ben Tate rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers in the loss.
(17) Auburn 49, Kentucky 27 — Nov. 5, 2005
Tristan Davis and Kenny Irons combined for 265 yards rushing and four touchdowns for an Auburn team that finished with 589 yards of total offense. The Tigers scored 21 straight points over a 13-minute span to turn a 4-point game into a rout. Rafael Little accounted for 246 total yards and a pair of touchdown runs for Kentucky. Andre’ Woodson passed for 335 yards in the loss.
Kentucky 10, (3) Auburn 42 — Oct. 23, 2004
Auburn held Kentucky to 110 yards and forced three turnovers to beat the Wildcats for the 14th straight time. Carnell “Cadillac” Williams rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Ronnie Brown also found the end zone twice for Auburn. Kevis Burnam’s 15-yard fumble return for a touchdown put the exclamation point on the Auburn win. Rafael Little scored the lone touchdown of the day for the Wildcats.