Running game fueling No. 7 Auburn's rise

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- The Auburn Tigers have plowed their way into Southeastern Conference title contention with Tre Mason and the running game.

Mason said Tuesday the seventh-ranked Tigers' offense is like "a big freight train" that's hard to stop once it gets going. That was true against Arkansas when Auburn won 35-17 despite attempting only nine passes.

The Tigers lead the SEC and rank sixth nationally averaging 306 rushing yards a game.

Now, Auburn faces the SEC's worst run defense statistically Saturday against Tennessee. That apparent matchup advantage doesn't require much change in philosophy.

Center Reese Dismukes says Auburn approaches every game with the mind-set that "we're going to run the football."

No team in the SEC has attempted fewer passes or run the ball more times than the Tigers.


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