Auburn at LSU: Prediction, pick, line, odds, TV channel, live stream, watch online
The battle of the Tigers will take place Saturday afternoon in Death Valley on CBS
No. 10 Auburn will head to LSU on Saturday afternoon in a battle of the Tigers that will define the landscape of the SEC West during the second half of the season. Auburn has legitimate College Football Playoff aspirations after jumping out to a 5-1 start, while LSU has new life after going on the road and topping Florida last week.
Auburn hasn't won in Baton Rouge since 1999, but are 7-point favorites in the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.
Auburn: Coach Gus Malzahn has blended a stout running game with some exotic passing game elements that coordinator Chip Lindsey brought to town to create an offense under quarterback Jarrett Stidham and running back Kerryon Johnson that's averaging 35.8 points per game and 6.36 yards per play. That, coupled with a defense that's fast, physical and giving up just 287.5 yards per game and 4.06 yards per play makes Auburn a force to be reckoned with the in the SEC West. As long as this team doesn't get rattled in the hostile Death Valley atmosphere, its fully capable of putting on a show once again.
LSU: Matt Canada was finally allowed to unleash his offense without coach Ed Orgeron meddling in it Saturday afternoon against Florida, and it worked. At least, for a half. The jet sweeps, misdirection and creativity stunned the Gators enough for the Tigers to build a lead, and then hang on once defensive adjustments were made. Did they empty the tank, or does Canada have more in store when Auburn rolls into town? That's the big question in Baton Rouge this weekend.
LSU is still very limited at the quarterback position, and everybody knows it. Because of that, Auburn will key in on what Canada showed in the first half in The Swamp and shut down the new-look, misdirection offense. Auburn's accustomed to seeing that every week in practice, and is much deeper and versatile in its front seven than the Gators were last week. It was the first time LSU's defense has played disciplined all year, but it was against an offense that lacked an identity. Auburn has one -- a very good one -- that includes running back Kerryon Johnson doing work between the tackles and off the edge, quarterback Jarrett Stidham as a model of efficiency and a perfect blend of old school running and new-school spread passing principles. Pick: Auburn -6.5
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