Primetime Conference Clash
Fans will Tiger-stripe Jordan-Hare Stadium when Auburn (3-1) clashes with visiting LSU (3-1) in a primetime SEC battle. Auburn coach Bryan Harsin’s job hangs in the balance, while LSU coach Brian Kelly goes after his second conference win. Last week, Auburn was gifted with a 17-14 home overtime win against Missouri, while LSU dominated New Mexico, 38-0.
After struggling early in the season, it appears the Tigers have figured out their offense. When LSU Tigers played at a fast tempo, the offense moved the ball frequently. Against the Lobos, the unit totaled 633 yards. With that said, the Tigers should have scored more than 38 points. Penalties hurt LSU in the red zone, which has to be avoided in conference play. If Jayden Daniels continues his excellent play at quarterback, LSU will obviously continue to improve.
JAYDEN DANIELS DID IT HIMSELF 😤
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— ESPN (@espn) September 18, 2022
The Tigers’ defense has been nasty through four games, having surrendered 13.3 points per game (8th in nation), 256.3 yards per game (7th) and 4.3 yards per play (14th). Defensive end B.J. Ojulari has been dominant, with 13 pressures in only two games. Defensive tackle Mason Smith was poised to break out before a devastating (season-ending) injury in Week 1. His replacement, Mekhi Wingo, has excelled. Cornerback Mekhi Garner is another standout. LSU is rounding into form at the right time.
This season looks like a wash for Auburn Tigers, Harsin is apt to be canned at any moment. Unless the Tigers have a drastic turnaround, he’s doomed. Auburn was fortunate and then some last week, as Missouri’s running back, while poorly carrying the ball, fumbled just before entering the end zone. That and other faux pas gifted Auburn in overtime. Defeating LSU would be a breath of fresh air with the program in disarray.
The Tigers are one of the SEC’s worst teams. When Auburn is successful, it usually dominates the line of scrimmage. This season, the Tigers are weak in both trenches. Lines were manhandled in Week 3’s 41-12 home loss to Penn State. The defense surrenders four yards per carry, and lacks a consistent pass rush. The offense has been worse, however. Running back Tank Bigsby is easily the best player on the roster, a bad line restrains him, though. The Tigers’ starting quarterback, T.J. Finley, did miss the last game, Robby Ashford struggling in his place.
LSU vs Auburn Injury Report
As was mentioned, LSU’s defensive tackle Smith will be out for the season (knee). Safety Major Burns is out (neck). Also, starting quarterback Daniels (back), defensive end Ojulari (patella), cornerback Jay Ward and running back Armoni Goodwin (hamstring) are questionable.
Auburn starting QB Finley (shoulder) is questionable. Plus, the Tigers have multiple season-ending injuries, including quarterback Zach Calzada (shoulder), center Nick Brahms (knee) and center Tate Johnson (elbow).
LSU vs Auburn Head-to-Head
This has been a competitive series of late, the two splitting the last six. Auburn has won back-to-back games, including last season’s 24-19 win in Baton Rouge.
LSU vs Auburn Game Information
- Game: LSU (3-1, 1-0 SEC) vs Auburn (3-1, 1-0 SEC)
- Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7:00 p.m. ET
- LSU vs Auburn Live Stream: ESPN
LSU vs Auburn Betting Lines
LSU vs Auburn Prediction
As mentioned, Auburn’s program is a disaster now. There’s not much going right with it, Bigsby stumbled last game (2.3 yards per carry). LSU is on a completely different trajectory, improving each week, especially on offense. Daniels is questionable with an injured back but was cleared to return during the New Mexico game, so he should be good to go. LSU will cover as the offense continues its improvement.