Auburn vs. LSU: Complete Game Preview

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Auburn vs. LSU: Complete Game Preview
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There's always something in the air when these two teams meet.

Whether it's over on the Plains in Auburn or down on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, when the Tigers of the South get together, it's always a tough, teeth-and-claws kind of fight—and a spectacle for the rest of the world to see.

From the days when the rivalry was born of nothing but on-field successes, to the cauldron of spite and hate that is today, this series has given fans in the last 25 years just about everything they could expect from college football at its finest—from classic contests to top-10 battles, to outright bizarre occurrences.

There was the Earthquake Game, and the night the Barn burned. There was the Interception Game and the Cigar Game. There was 10-9 in 2004 and 7-3 in 2006. There was Demetrius Byrd's catch in 2007 and Cam Newton's run in 2010.

In fact, seven of the last nine games played in the series were decided by a single possession.

But recently, the rivalry has taken a tilt in favor of LSU, with the Bengal-Tigers winning five of the last six installments, including two blowout victories in Baton Rouge.

On Saturday night, the rivalry returns to Baton Rouge, where Auburn hasn't won since 1999—the aforementioned Cigar Game.

The No. 6 LSU Tigers are built for another run at national title contention in 2013, and they seem set to clear an easy hurdle over a rebuilding Auburn team led by first-year head coach Gus Malzahn.

But this is Auburn-LSU—stranger things have happened in this series.

First, the basics:

Time: 6:45 p.m. CT

Place: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

TV: ESPN

Radio: Auburn IMG Sports Network, LSU Sports Radio Network

Spread: LSU -17½, via Vegas Insider consensus.

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