Winless Auburn hosts confident Louisiana-Monroe

Associated Press Published: September 14, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Auburn Tigers are hoping to rise up and Louisiana-Monroe is trying to come down from a huge win.

The winless Tigers host the Warhawks Saturday a week after a troubling loss at Mississippi State. Louisiana-Monroe is fresh from an opening win over then-No. 8 Arkansas.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik says his team will keep pushing ahead and "any other response is unacceptable."

Defensive tackle Jeff Whitaker calls the game "a must-win, hands down."

Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier is coming off a five-turnover game. Louisiana-Monroe's Kolton Browning passed for a career-high 412 yards against the Razorbacks.

Despite the different situations, it's still the SEC versus the Sun Belt. Auburn is a 16½-point favorite, has won all eight meetings with the Warhawks and is 18-0 against Sun Belt teams.


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