No. 6 Auburn rips Louisiana-Monroe 42-14; No. 1 Tide next

Published 3:27 p.m. ET Nov. 18, 2017 | Updated 5:53 p.m. ET Nov. 18, 2017

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn players could be forgiven for looking ahead to next week’s visit from No. 1 Alabama.

Forgiveness came easy after the Tigers made a strong recovery from their sluggish start against Louisiana-Monroe.

Darius Slayton’s 50-yard scoring catch late in the first half gave No. 6 Auburn the lead and the Tigers pulled away for a 42-14 win over ULM on Saturday to set up next week’s showdown with the Crimson Tide.

Auburn (9-2, 6-0, No. 6 CFP) can earn a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game by beating Alabama in a rivalry in which it’s rare for conference and national implications to mean more than state bragging rights.

“It’s what college football is all about and what we came to Auburn for,” H-back Chandler Cox said.

Last week’s win over then-No. 2 Georgia , which was the No. 1 CFP team, makes the visit from Alabama even bigger than most…

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