LSU Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers Game Preview

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A battle of Tigers highlights Week 9 of college football, and shapes the SEC West race. LSU’s been one of the biggest surprises in college football this year, and they have their sights set on the playoff. Auburn won’t be intimidated, but they’ll have a tough time keeping up with an explosive LSU Tigers offense.

Date: Saturday, October 26th
Start time: 2:30pm CT
How to watch: CBS
Line: LSU -11
Location: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, LA)


LSU Tiger players to watch

QB Joe Burrow
WR Justin Jefferson
WR J’Marr Chase
S Grant Delpit
CB Derek Stingley Jr.

Auburn Tigers players to watch

DT Derrick Brown
DE Marlon Davidson
QB Bo Nix
RB JaTarvious Whitlow
WR Seth Williams

LSU Tigers keys to the game

  • Balanced attack
  • Get after Nix
  • Feed the crowd

Auburn Tigers keys to the game

  • Protect the quarterback
  • Keep things quiet
  • Force LSU to run

Why LSU wins

A 7-0 start puts the Tigers in the playoff if the season ended today. You can make the argument that they’re the best team in the country, and it’s largely thanks to their offense. Joe Burrow’s improvement as a passer gives the Tigers life not seen from this group in a long time. Combine that with another great defense, and LSU’s a serious threat to Alabama in the SEC West. Auburn has something to say about it, but it will be tough to beat LSU at home.

Why Auburn wins

Gus Malzahn’s teams don’t get scared easily, and a hostile environment in Death Valley won’t do it either. It might not be a championship year for the Tigers, but they have a promising future. Bo Nix appears to be ready to take the Tigers offense to new heights, even as a freshman. He’ll need to be effective passing the ball in order to move the offense down the field and keep the crowd quiet. This will be the loudest stadium Nix will play in, but he can make life better for himself and his team.

Prediction

LSU’s the better team and they’re at home. There shouldn’t be concerns about them looking ahead to the Alabama game given they’ll have two weeks to prepare. Auburn’s good, but they aren’t on the level of the other Tigers. LSU 38 AUBURN 24

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