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Auburn vs. Texas A&M: The Complete Game Preview
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What a difference a year makes.

Just a season ago, Auburn was on the sore end of a 63-21 drubbing at the hands of Texas A&M in the Tigers' own Jordan-Hare Stadium.

It was a new low for Auburn—with the 42-point margin tying the Tigers' all-time worst home loss in school history.

That night marked a meeting of two teams at a crossroads, as the Aggies and a young quarterback named Johnny Manziel turned heads on their way to capturing the nation's attention, while Gene Chizik and the 2012 Auburn team fell deeper into a pit of despair that ultimately led to the coach's exit from the Plains.

Now, a year later, new Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has the Tigers boasting the same 5-1 record as the Aggies.

Auburn is back in the top 25, ranked No. 24 in the latest AP poll, and back in the national spotlight going into Saturday's game against No. 7 Texas A&M in front of a nationwide audience on CBS. Malzahn has brought his hurry-up, no-huddle attack back to the Plains, and—while he may be no Johnny Football—the Tigers have an electrifying new quarterback of their own in Nick Marshall.

Suddenly, it seems Saturday's game will be played on a level playing field, just a year removed from a night when the Tigers didn't appear to belong in the same stadium as the Aggies.

Can the Tigers pull off the upset and come away with their first SEC road win since 2011?

First, the basics: 

Time: 2:30 p.m. CT

Place: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas

TV: CBS

Radio: Auburn IMG Sports Network, Texas A&M Sports Network

Spread: Texas A&M -14, via Vegas Insider consensus

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