#18 Auburn (2-0, 0-0) at #13 LSU (1-0, 1-0)
When: Saturday, September 19th, 2015
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Time: 3:30 ET
TV: CBS Radio: XM 80, 84
Preseason rankings and predictions had the Auburn Tigers looking like they were one of the favorites to get to the College Football Playoffs, but after a slow start to the season, those expectations aren’t as high. Auburn is 2-0 on the season, but dropped 12 spots in the latest AP Top 25 Poll after an overtime win against Jacksonville State in which they were favored by 40 points. Auburn also squeaked by Louisville in their season opener 31-24. Junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson has not been very good so far throwing 5 interceptions in two games. Thankfully running back Peyton Barber has helped out to the tune of 240 yards on 47 carries thus far. Statistically the Auburn Tigers are not impressive. They are ranked 98th in total offense and 90th in defense. Considering they haven’t reached SEC play yet is a concern as is Johnson’s quarterback play. Maybe they didn’t take their first two opponents seriously. We’ll see…
LSU running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette must be salivating. Not only did he rush for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns last week, he is facing an Auburn defense that has surrendered 399 yards on the ground through two games. Fournette was held to only 42 yards last year against Auburn, but I believe this year will be different. LSU has only played one game due to their first game being canceled, but it was a nice 21-19 win at Mississippi State. LSU ran for 266 yards in that game and only surrendered 43 yards rushing. They completely dominated the line of scrimmage in that game and look to do the same today. Quarterbacking the LSU Tigers is Sophomore Brandon Harris. He was only 9-of-14 last week for 71 yards. Those are the kinds of stats you will see out of Harris all year since LSU is run dominant. As long as he doesn’t make big mistakes and just manages the game, LSU will be fine.
This Auburn defense worries me. LSU could run all over them today and blow them out. On the other hand, Auburn is probably better than they have looked. They’ll be up for this game for sure, but do they have enough offense to keep up? I’m going to say no. I think LSU dominates and pulls away late.
Pick: LSU -7