Have you ever heard of a Week 3 must-win game? With two losses on the season and with a team that finished 4-8 one year ago, Saturday's game between Auburn and Louisiana-Monroe is just that for the Tigers.
Here are three reasons why the Tigers are going to right the ship against a feisty Louisiana-Monroe team:
Playing at home
Two losses to start the season; one on a neutral field and one on the road. Both losses were two power-conference teams—Clemson and Mississippi State.
Now it's time to get a Sun Belt team who finished 4-8 one year ago.
Auburn is 22-3 at home in the past three seasons. Despite finishing 8-5 in 2011, they still managed to go 7-1 at home.
With Saturday being the first home game of the season, expect Auburn to come out flying all over the field.
Auburn's pass defense has been a plus despite its 0-2 record. They have held their first two opponents to 222 yards and 208 yards. Tajh Boyd managed 208 yards and he passed for nearly 4,000 yards last year.
Arkansas was absolutely gashed by the Warhawks for 412 yards passing (Kolton Browning, 42-of-67). The matchup between the passing of Louisiana-Monroe and the pass defense from Auburn favors the Tigers in this game because they know the pass will be coming more often than not.
It's easier to game-plan against an offense when you know what they are going to do.
Now teams know about the Warhawks after their first game of the 2012 season. Arkansas didn't know what to expect, and boy were they shocked with the outcome.
Will Auburn or Louisiana-Monroe win?
Auburn now knows that Louisiana-Monroe will throw the ball much more than they run it. They also know that Browning is the main man in the Warhawks offense.
Stop him or slow him down and you defeat Louisiana-Monroe.
Auburn will develop a great game plan to slow Browning and the Warhawks offense. If the Tigers can receive any type of offense, they will be able to pick up their first victory of the season.
Auburn wins 27-17. They find ways to slow down Browning and the rest of the offense while the Tigers offense plays better than they have in the past two weeks.