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By Jay Coulter
jccoulter@yahoo.com

When the Tigers kickoff with Vanderbilt Saturday afternoon, they’ll be playing for the lead in the series. Surprisingly, the all-time series record is tied at 19-19-1. Despite winning the last 12 meetings with the Commodores, Auburn doesn’t hold the lead. Believe it or not, there was a time when Vanderbilt was a Southern power in football. Let’s hope they don’t rear their ugly heads Saturday...

A victory over Vandy will give Coach Tommy Tuberville his 100th win of his coaching career. Speaking of career wins, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier needs three wins to pass Shug Jordan to move into fourth place in all-time wins among SEC coaches.

When you think about all the success Spurrier has had, it makes you realize how good Jordan was in his day...

How’s this for a stat... Tuberville has won 14 games against top 10 teams during his tenure at Auburn. The Tigers have now claimed victory over a top 10 opponent for each of the past seven years. Auburn has won 13 straight games while wearing the white road uniforms. They will wear white again on Saturday at home to honor the 1957 National Championship team...

Auburn has four players from Tennessee on its roster: OL Mike Berry , OT King Dunlap, including quarterback Chris Nickson (Brundidge) and wide receiver Earl Bennett (Birmingham)...

Auburn has averaged 36.5 points a game during its 12-game winning streak over the Commodores. The Tigers have held Vanderbilt to 10 points or less in eight of the 12 victories...

Brandon Cox leads all active SEC quarterbacks with 21 career wins as a starter...

Four of Auburn’s five games have been decided in the last two minutes. The Tigers have won 13 of its last17 games by seven points or less...

The Tigers have played 24 true and redshirt freshmen this year. Ten made the trip to Florida last week...

While Auburn is starting three freshmen on the offensive line, Vanderbilt will start five seniors...

Since defensive coordinator Will Muschamp’s arrival, Auburn has held 13 of its 18 opponents to under 20 points in a game...

Of Auburn’s 135 points scored this season, 111 (82.2 percent) have been scored by freshmen or sophomores...