Auburn has equaled their total regular season wins from 2009 with five games to go in 2010. There is little doubt that Cam Newton has added that little spark of leadership and grounding that was needed for the team to improve.
Auburn plays a very tough and physical LSU team this week. LSU will be the highest-ranked team to visit Jordan-Hare this year. The Bengal Tigers are known for winning ugly and physical. They pound opposition teams into submission with a tenacious defense.
The Tiger Bowl is a brawl that has decided the winner of the SEC West on multiple occasions. This year it will match the two highest-ranked SEC teams. There is a very good chance that the winner of this game will play for the SEC championship this year.
Auburn is favored in this game by six points. This has historically been a game that is decided in the last minutes of the contest. LSU comes in after defeating McNeese State and Auburn off a win over an excellent Arkansas team.
This is a very complex game to analyze; these two teams vary starkly in several areas. LSU has only played one lightweight opponent this season. Auburn has played three teams that are currently ranked in the Top 25.
Many in the media have called attention to several perceived weaknesses in these two teams. This could be a little misleading as both teams are 7-0 after facing some of the toughest competition in the nation.
In-Conference Statistics Average per Game
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One little-publicized fact for SEC championship-caliber teams is that they outgain opponents by over 1,000 yards during the season. Auburn has outgained their opponents by 792 yards through seven games and LSU by 605 yards. This looks like an achievable goal for either team at this point.
Both of these teams have been seasoned in close competition with multiple close wins to their credit.
Both teams have performed similarly on kick coverage, punt coverage and kick returns. LSU has a substantial advantage in punt returns; they also hold a five-yard advantage in net punting. Auburn holds a slight advantage in turnover margin.
This is exactly what one would expect from two highly ranked teams. This game will be close in every way. Usually close games are decided on turnovers, penalties, quarterbacks and play-calling; expect this game to be no different.