NCAA Football Game of the Week: Auburn Tigers at LSU Tigers

There is no doubt that the biggest and best game on the college football schedule this weekend will be taking place in the SEC. The Auburn Tigers will be taking on the LSU Tigers in a showdown of top-10 teams. There is still a chance for both of these teams to win the SEC West Division, and Alabama is in that mix as well.

LSU has climbed all the way up to number two in the most recent rankings. The LSU Tigers bring a perfect 7-0 record into this game, and they have outscored their opponents by an average of 30 points per game. Auburn brings a 6-1 record into this game, with their one loss coming in week seven against the Florida Gators. The Auburn Tigers responded with a 41 point win a week ago. LSU is a -12.0 point favorite over Auburn in this game.

Auburn Loves Running the Football

The Auburn Tigers are averaging 36.3 points per game this season, and they get the job done with their running game. Auburn is averaging 240 rushing yards per game, which is one of the best marks in college football. JaTarvious Whitlow leads the team with 544 rushing yards, but Auburn has plenty of depth at that position. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix has really struggled for much of the season, and he will be facing a very tough environment in this game.

Auburn has allowed just 17.1 points per game this season, and they have usually been pretty tough to score on. The Tigers gave up just 10 points in their most recent win, but they will be tested in a big way by LSU. Auburn has 20 sacks already this season, and getting pressure on Joe Burrow will be a huge key in this game.

Burrow Putting Up Numbers For LSU

LSU usually wins games with their running and defense, but that hasn't been the case this season. The LSU Tigers are averaging 385.7 passing yards per game, and quarterback Joe Burrow might be the Heisman Trophy winner. Burrow has completed close to 80 percent of passes so far this season, and has thrown 29 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

The defense has still been great for LSU this season, but they have given up some points. The LSU Tigers are allowing 20.0 points per game, and have given up at least 28 points on three different occasions. LSU doesn't have to be perfect on this side of the ball, because their offense will usually bail them out.

LSU Offense Carries Tigers to Victory

A -12.0 point spread feels like a lot for a battle of these top teams, but LSU is really good. The LSU Tigers have been scoring points like crazy this season, and it's hard to picture them getting slowed down by Auburn. Auburn already has an 11 point loss to Florida just two weeks ago, and this is going to be another double-digit defeat. LSU just has too many weapons on offense, and they are going to run away with this game. Bet the LSU Tigers -12.0 over the Auburn Tigers in this huge SEC showdown.