In what should amount to target practice for the LSU Tigers when they invite the Auburn Tigers into their house, the matchup will be a one-sided affair.
While LSU is overrated, the Auburn Tigers could be the most overrated team in the entire nation, and the impact Cam Newton had on that team is all too evident.
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
When: Saturday, October 22, 3:30 p.m. ET
Spread: LSU (-22)
This spread is far too big for this matchup, and while I believe LSU mops the floor with the Auburn Tigers on defense, the LSU offense isn’t impressive enough to warrant a 22-point head spread.
The SEC is one of the better defensive conferences in the entire college football realm, and this will be an absolute war. The Auburn Tigers’ lack of an offense coupled with LSU’s tough defense will result in the score being just below the 46-point mark.
Which Team Will Win this Game?
Emory Blake, WR, Questionable
LaDarius Owens, LB, Questionable
Jared Cooper, OL, Questionable
Ed Christian, OL, Questionable
P.J. Lonergan, C, Questionable
BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications
For the Auburn Tigers, the inevitable loss will push them outside the Top 25, where they belong, and it will give LSU and even bigger stranglehold on their spot as the No. 1 team in the nation. If LSU losses, though, it will shake the rankings to the core and drop LSU into the No. 5 spot at the lowest and raise Auburn into the mid-teens.
Keys to an LSU Win
Everyone knows that the LSU Tigers are going to bring one of the best defenses in the nation to the table, but the key to this week’s success will rest on the shoulders of their quarterback tandem of Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson and how they protect the ball.
Keys to an Auburn Win
The Key for any team playing LSU is to get the running game going against the tough defensive line of the LSU Tigers. With a solid dose of Michael Dyer to help open the field for the pass game, that will be the only way Auburn can even make this game close.
Prediction: LSU 24, Auburn 10