The Auburn Tigers have already won three games to match last season’s total. Under the guide of Gus Malzahn, Auburn has rekindled their offensive flame. Still, while starting (3-0), CBS Sports has the Auburn Tigers 17 point underdogs to the LSU Tigers on Saturday September 21. Auburn has a great opportunity to make a statement in the SEC West. It would be a dream for Auburn to pull this amazing upset, but Les Miles knows "this is where dreams come to die."
Quarterback Nick Marshall displays a toughness and will to win that has facilitated the strong start for Auburn. However, he is not the only quarterback making waves in this game.
Last year, LSU won a majority of their games in spite of Zach Mettenberger. This year, Mettenberger looks like a new quarterback with Cam Cameron in the fold. He’s completing passes at a 65 percent rate. Yet, the most impressive stat is his nine touchdowns to zero interceptions.
LSU’s offense is 31st in the country and their defense is in the top 10. Auburn is the best offense that they’ve played this season. They’ve steadily improved in the passing game, and the staff is sure to come up with a few wrinkles to cause fits in Baton Rouge.
Auburn’s defense has to deal the LSU balance. Jeremy Hill will be a factor, and we’ll know how well Auburn competes by the end of this game. If they’ve improved, they’ll be in this game through the end. A win or loss could hinge on creating turnovers.
The Verdict: LSU has a lot to prove, and a home loss would be a tremendous step back. They are ready to make a statement in Saturday’s game. If they play a clean game, LSU should be in the drivers seat. If not, all bets are off.