Call it a crossroad.
When the Tigers and Rebels face off Saturday night under the lights in Jordan-Hare Stadium, the meeting will mark a matchup between two teams coming to pivotal points of their seasons.
For Auburn, after a strong 3-1 start to the season—already matching the Tigers' 2012 win total—an upset win over No. 24 Ole Miss would bring the Tigers' newfound success to a new level and set them well on their way to a bowl bid in Gus Malzahn's first season on the Plains.
Across the way, the Rebels are a week removed from a stinging 25-0 loss to No. 1 Alabama and enter Saturday's game hoping to bounce back and prove that they're big-time players in the SEC once again under head coach Hugh Freeze.
A loss for either team would set them back more than any single loss in a 12-game season should—but, the truth is, a 3-2 mark at this point would set either Auburn or Ole Miss well behind in achieving their respective goals for the year, even with the meat of the conference schedule still ahead for both.
And yet, a win could lead either team to big things in the near future. To put it simply, it's a "swing game" in every sense of the term.
For one team, it will mean heartbreak.
For the other, triumph.
Before any of it, here are the basics:
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Place: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
Spread: Ole Miss -3, via Vegas Insider consensus.