Auburn and Mississippi State will meet this weekend in a showdown of teams ranked in the top 3 of this week’s AP Poll, and it’s sure to be among the best games on the Week 7 slate.

The Tigers and Bulldogs have engaged in some classic SEC showdowns in years past, having faced one another 87 times before this season. In honor of “Throwback Thursday,” let’s take a look at some of the other fantastic matchups these two teams have produced throughout the years:

All-time record: Auburn leads, 58-26-3

Current streak: Auburn, won 1

Longest win streaks: Auburn 16; Mississippi State 7

Big moments in Auburn-Mississippi State’s recent history:


Mississippi State 18, Auburn 16: Mississippi State was 5-0 and ranked No. 14 in the nation as it headed onto the Plains to face the Auburn Tigers in front of 80,000 fans. That perfect record and corresponding ranking were in major jeopardy, though, as MSU trailed 16-3 in the fourth quarter with its backup quarterback, Matt Wyatt, in the game. However, Wyatt led two touchdown drives in the final five minutes of the game, and Mississippi State improved to 6-0 with a miraculous win in Jordan-Hare Stadium.


Auburn 3, Mississippi State 2: The Tigers and Bulldogs engaged in the defensive struggle of the decade in an ugly game in Starkville. Auburn scored its only points on Wes Byrum’s first half field goal, and Mississippi State received its only points when Auburn lineman Ryan Pugh committed a hold in the end zone, resulting in a safety. The two teams combined to complete fewer than 50 percent of their combined pass attempts, turned the ball over a combined four times and combined to miss three of four total field goals. Mississippi State was unranked at the time, but Auburn was No. 9 in the nation and was lucky to escape with a victory, maintaining its unbeaten record.


Auburn 24, Mississippi State 20: We’re not going back far in time for this game, but it was another classic installment in this longstanding SEC rivalry. Auburn entered the game having lost 10 straight SEC contests dating back to 2011, but a touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to C.J. Uzomah with 10 seconds left in the game gave the Tigers a much-needed victory, triggering a run to an SEC championship and a national title game berth. Marshall had a coming out party, throwing for 339 yards in leading the Tigers to victory. Dak Prescott had his own coming out party in place of the injured Tyler Russell, throwing for 213 yards and rushing for 133 in the loss. The Bulldogs only reached the Liberty Bowl last season, but that game was the start of Prescott’s run to stardom, which has MSU positioned to potentially reach No. 1 in the polls with a win this Saturday.