Ranking the Southeastern Conference after Week 3:
1.ALABAMA (2-0, 1-0; LAST WEEK: 1)
Auburn at No. 6 LSU, 6:45 p.m. (ESPN): Tennessee and Florida may have drawn the premier CBS time slot, but Wild West showdown in Tiger Stadium is the SEC’s best game and only battle of unbeatens. LSU has been a growing national story with its surprisingly efficient passing offense and better-than-expected young defense. Auburn is winning converts with its lower-profile 3-0 start, but will have to play its best game yet under first-year coach Gus Malzahn to snap a six-game losing streak in Death Valley since its last win in 1999. LSU routed Auburn at home 45-10 in 2011 but squeaked out a 12-10 win at Auburn last year.
Zach Mettenberger leads the SEC in passing efficiency and is third nationally with a 205.3 rating. ... LSU has the SEC’s best record since 2003 at 110-25. Florida is second at 99-34. ... The last five years, Alabama is first at 63-7 followed by LSU at 54-15 ... Georgia QB Aaron Murray needs 114 yards Saturday vs. North Texas to pass Tennessee’s Peyton Manning (11,020 yards) for fourth place on the SEC’s total offense list. ... Kentucky, Ole Miss and South Carolina have open dates.
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