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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn has had a spectacular start to 2013.
Make LSU Run the Ball
This may sound crazy, but LSU looks as if it's a passing team. Mettenberger and receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have yet to be slowed down this season.
So make LSU win the game on the ground.
Auburn should not pack the box with defenders. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is too good and will eventually hit the Tigers from the Plains with a deep ball. Also, running back Jeremy Hill is superb at running past safeties who are too close to the line of scrimmage.
Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson could shock his Tigers counterparts by playing his safeties deep and not allowing the explosive plays over the top. Allow LSU to gain reasonable chunks of yardage on the ground, and then make them be efficient in the red zone.
Keep Blocking Schemes Simple
The LSU defensive line is fast. Do not play to its strengths.
The last time Malzahn played LSU, he was the offensive coordinator at Auburn in 2011. His offense was suffocated by the speed on the field.
Malzahn's biggest mistake was calling plays that required offensive linemen to pull, chop and do other techniques that were nontraditional dropbacks. This allowed defensive linemen to initially get free runs off the line of scrimmage.
While the plays are creative, they are nullified by linemen who are speed demons. Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery had a field day in 2011, raking in three sacks that totaled 36 yards. Mingo and Montgomery were aided by blocking schemes they could outrun.
The LSU defensive line still has plenty of speed and will shred Auburn if Malzahn tries to do the same thing. Jordan Allen has rushed the passer well this season, but his only sack came when UAB tried to cut him with a running back.
Malzahn needs to call plays that require his offensive line to block traditionally, particularly in the passing game. If not, it could get ugly quick.