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AUBURN LOOKING TO KNOCK FLORIDA OFF ITS PEDESTAL

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The last two years, Auburn has upset a 5-0 Florida team ranked in the Top 5. The Tigers have a chance to do it again Saturday.

No. 3 Florida will try to keep its national championship hopes alive and coach Steve Spurrier will try to overcome his "Bowden jinx" when the Gators visit No. 7 Auburn.Spurrier is 0-2 against Auburn coach Terry Bowden and 1-4-1 against his father, Florida State's Bobby Bowden.

"No, it doesn't bother me," Spurrier said. "Shoot, if you're going to lose to somebody, you might as well lose to teams that don't lose very often."

Last year, sixth-ranked Auburn stunned No. 1 Florida 36-33 at Gainesville. In 1993, the No. 19 Tigers beat the No. 4 Gators 38-35 at Auburn.

Auburn, undefeated going into both those games, enters this year's contest with a 4-1 record that includes a 12-6 loss at LSU on Sept. 16.

However, the record that should scare Florida fans is Auburn's 16-0-1 mark at Jordan-Hare Stadium under Terry Bowden. With a lift from their home crowd, the 4-point underdog Tigers will spoil Spurrier's season again . . . AUBURN 34-31.

Wake Forest (plus 44) at No. 1 Florida St.: Seminoles averaging 56 points a game . . . FLORIDA ST. 56-7.

Missouri (plus 41) at No. 2 Nebraska: Huskers have won 16 straight over Tigers . . . NEBRASKA 51-7.

No. 4 Ohio St. (minus 7) at No. 21 Wisconsin: Buckeyes due for letdown . . . WISCONSIN 24-21.

Washington St. (plus 14) at No. 5 Southern Cal: Trojans have won 23 of last 24 against Cougars . . . SOUTHERN CAL 21-17.

No. 6 Tennessee (minus 4) vs. No. 12 Alabama at Birmingham: Vols haven't beaten Tide since 1985 . . . TENNESSEE 28-21.

No. 8 Kansas St. (minus 19) at Oklahoma St.: K-State seeking fourth straight shutout . . . KANSAS ST. 34-10.

Iowa St. (plus 17) at No. 10 Kansas: Jayhawks 5-0 for first time since 1968 . . . KANSAS 42-21.

No. 13 Oklahoma (minus 11/2) vs. No. 18 Texas at Dallas: Longhorns have won five of last six meetings . . . OKLAHOMA 28-24.

No. 14 Northwestern (minus 21/2) at Minnesota: Wildcats are for real . . . NORTHWESTERN 24-21.

No. 15 Oregon (minus 41/2) at California: Bears upset the Ducks . . . CALIFORNIA 24-23.

No. 24 Washington (plus 1) at No. 16 Stanford: Cardinal (4-0-1) off to best start since 1951 . . . WASHINGTON 31-28.

No. 17 Notre Dame (minus 22) vs. Army at East Rutherford, N.J.: Irish play all three military academies . . . NOTRE DAME 45-14.

Duke (plus 22) at No. 19 Virginia: Blue Devils haven't won in Charlottesville since 1981 . . . VIRGINIA 38-14.

No. 20 Penn State (minus 12) at Purdue: Nittany Lions 0-2 in Big Ten . . . PENN ST. 35-21.

SMU (plus 33) at No. 22 Texas A&M: Aggies break two-game losing streak . . . TEXAS A&M 45-0.

Indiana (plus 14) at No. 23 Iowa: Hawkeyes' Shaw leads Big Ten in rushing . . . IOWA 38-14.

Arkansas St. (plus 38) at No. 25 Texas Tech: Tech coming off upset win over Texas A&M . . . TEXAS TECH 48-7.

Last week: 12-5 (straight); 12-5 (spread).

Season: 81-26 (straight); 56-45 (spread).