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LSU, Tide set up unbeaten matchup

LSU freshman running back Kenny Hilliard, center, one of three fill-ins for suspended key players, celebrates a touchdown run.

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LSU freshman running back Kenny Hilliard, center, one of three fill-ins for suspended key players, celebrates a touchdown run.

BATON ROUGE, La. — College football's version of a regular-season Super Bowl is set.

Top-ranked LSU beat Auburn 45-10 and No. 2 Alabama beat Tennessee 37-6 on Saturday to set the stage for the most anticipated game of the season — a Tigers-Tide undefeated showdown on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Both teams are off this week.

In Baton Rouge, La., the second-largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history chanted "We want 'Bama!" as the final seconds ticked off the most lopsided outcome in the 46-game series between LSU and Auburn.

"Our guys will enjoy it,'' LSU coach Les Miles said of facing Alabama. "We've always enjoyed those games."

LSU was missing three key players — star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive back Tharold Simon — who were suspended one game for violating the team's drug policy.

LSU has double-digit wins in every game.

The beneficiary of Ware's absence was freshman Kenny Hilliard, who scored the first two touchdowns of his career while rushing for 65 yards on 10 carries.

LSU held Auburn first-time starter Clint Moseley to 145 yards passing, sacking him six times.

"I have definitely never been under that kind of heat before. "I thought Sweet Water (Ala.) in high school was bad,'' Moseley of his prep rival at Leroy High.

It was Auburn's worst loss since a 51-10 demolition against then-No. 1 Florida in 1996.

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., AJ McCarron passed for 284 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to lead Alabama to a second-half surge. The "LSU" chants began late in the game.

Alabama had either first downs or touchdowns on its first 10 plays of the second half to bust open a 6-6 game. The Tide outgained the Vols 280-41 in the second half.

The last time two top-ranked teams in the Associated Press poll faced off in the regular season was Nov. 18, 2006, when No. 1 Ohio State beat No. 2 Michigan 42-39.

arkansas 29, mississippi 24: Tyler Wilson threw for 232 yards and rushed for two touchdowns and the visiting Razorbacks rallied from 17 down in the second quarter. Arkansas continues its best start under fourth-year coach Bobby Petrino. Eric Bennett's late interception sealed it. "I'm on about the 10th deep breath I've taken," Petrino said.

vandy 44 army 21: Zac Stacy set career highs with 198 yards rushing and three touchdowns and quarterback Jordan Rodgers — the brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — won in his first career start for the host Commodores. Rodgers rushed for 96 yards and a score and passed for 186 yards and a TD.

Kentucky 38, Jacksonville St. 7: Third-string running back CoShik Williams ran for 148 yards in the host Wildcats' most productive offensive day of the season — 340 yards rushing and 445 total. UK's Raymond Sanders left in the first quarter with an ankle injury and its other top tailback, Josh Clemons, is out for the season with a knee injury.

1 LSU 45

19 Auburn 10

2 Alabama 37

Tennessee 6

LSU, Tide set up unbeaten matchup 10/22/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2011 12:25am]

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