Elizabethtown native Chris Todd has become one of the Southeastern Conference's most proficient passers in his senior year at Auburn, throwing for 1,363 yards and 12 touchdowns with one interception so far.
Kentucky will be breaking in a new starting quarterback after Mike Hartline's knee injury last week. Freshman Morgan Newton and junior Will Fidler are both expected to see action.
This matchup features two of the most productive backs in the league. Auburn senior Ben Tate leads the SEC in rushing at nearly 121 yards per game, and Kentucky junior Derrick Locke is tops in all-purpose yards at nearly 170 a game. Tate has a dangerous backup in freshman Onterio McCalebb, who is sixth in the league in rushing.
Auburn has gotten big plays from starting receivers Darvin Adams and Terrell Zachery. The duo have combined for 40 catches and nine touchdowns.
UK's Randall Cobb has four TD catches, but the rest of the Wildcats' receivers have just one, and that came from Chris Matthews in the season opener against Miami (Ohio).
This is a battle of two of the better lines in the SEC. The Auburn offensive line has adapted well to offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's system.
The Tigers and Cats, along with Georgia, are in a three-way tie for sacks allowed at five, but UK has performed against slightly better competition.
The Kentucky defensive line showed signs of breaking out last week. Tackle Corey Peters had a career day, and end Taylor Wyndham continued his string of big plays. Auburn has one of the best ends in the SEC in Antonio Coleman, and the front four have combined for 111/2 tackles for loss.
Kentucky's linebackers are quietly putting together some impressive numbers. Micah Johnson is ninth in the league in tackles, and Sam Maxwell leads the SEC in passes defended with seven (five deflections, two interceptions).
The Tigers have some problems here. Starters Craig Stevens and Josh Bynes have been productive, but a lack of depth has forced them to go the entire way most games.
Auburn has experience in the secondary but has been so-so against the pass this year. In fairness, Arkansas' Ryan Mallett will make a lot of defensive backfields look bad.
Kentucky again will be without star corner Trevard Lindley, although its other starting corner, Paul Warford, could return from a quadriceps injury.
Poor kickoff coverage cost UK dearly in its loss at South Carolina last week, but kicker Lones Seiber has made five field goals in a row, and the return game is in good hands with Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb.
Auburn isn't doing much damage on returns, but kicker Wes Byrum has made 11 of 12 field-goal attempts on the year.