The Auburn Tigers travel to Starkville to take on Mississippi State this weekend in a No. 2 vs. No. 3 SEC West showdown. ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be in town. Let’s take a look inside the numbers.

The Good

41: Auburn scored a record number of points on LSU Saturday night in its 34-point win. The Tigers are averaging 42 points per game this year, and will likely need every bit of that this weekend, if it hopes to out-duel Dak Prescott and Mississippi State.

3: Even with some shuffling up front, the offensive line has been outstanding for Auburn this year, allowing just three sacks through five games. If offensive line coach J.B. Grimes can keep that number low, it could prove vital to Auburn’s success as it continues to navigate a brutal SEC West.

229.2: We’re beginning to finally see signs of Nick Marshall’s improvement as a passer and his yards per game are beginning to rise. If he can take advantage of a vulnerable Mississippi State secondary this weekend, that could be a key in the game.

The Bad:

2: Auburn has forced 11 fumbles on the season, but has recovered just two of them. The Tigers have seven interceptions, but needs to capitalize on opportunities given to them.

4: Ball security has been an issue at times for the Auburn offense. The Tigers have fumbled the ball six times and lost four of them, not a ratio you want to see if you’re Gus Malzahn. Not giving opposing defenses more opportunities will be crucial as the Tigers continue this stretch of ranked foes.

13: Auburn opponents have gained 13 first downs via Tiger penalties, a number that is a little high. Penalties that extend drives and move the chains are momentum killers. Ideally, that number will decrease week-to-week.