After six weeks of college football, there is an SEC contest between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers. Both teams started the season with small hopes of reaching the college football playoff. In order to do so, both teams needed to go undefeated. Unfortunately for both teams, each team has already lost at least once this season. Auburn started the season ranked 12th in the AP preseason top 25 poll and was expected to potentially compete with Alabama for an SEC title. LSU started the season ranked 13th in the AP preseason top 25 poll and was also expected to compete for an SEC title. With both teams already suffering a loss, a win over a conference rival could easily change the direction of Auburn and/or LSU’s season.
The Auburn Tigers are currently 5-1 and look poised to win their first conference championship since 2013. However, Auburn’s perfect record was ruined by the number two ranked Clemson Tigers who defeated Auburn 14-6 earlier this season. In that game, Auburn’s star quarterback Jarrett Stidham was sacked an astounding 11 times. Despite the loss, Auburn is still undefeated in conference play and have won their last four games by at least two touchdowns. If Auburn plans on reaching the SEC title game, a victory over LSU is required.
Auburn’s offense is led by star quarterback Jarrett Stidham. Stidham was originally a quarterback for Baylor back in 2015 before transferring to Auburn in search of more playing time. In 2015, Stidham threw for 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Stidham is an extremely talented dual threat quarterback who can also generate tons of yards on the ground with his legs. So far this season, Stidham has thrown for seven touchdowns while only throwing two interceptions. Stidham also has a rushing touchdown this season which is a true indication of his versatility.
One reason for Stidham’s somewhat underwhelming passing statistics this season is the extremely talented running back group on this Auburn team. Auburn has three separate running backs with over 200 yards rushing and each of them have scored at least one rushing touchdown. Running backs Kam Martin, Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson have dominating opposing teams this season and look to continue their success against LSU. However, in recent weeks, Johnson has established himself as the lead running back on this Auburn squad. Johnson is averaging 5.9 yards per carry and already has 12 rushing touchdowns. Expect Johnson to get the majority of the touches against the LSU Tigers.
LSU’s season can be summarized as a tale of two halves. The first half was extremely promising as LSU appeared to be a real contender for the SEC championship. However, the second half of the season thus far has shattered the perception that LSU is an elite team and has exposed serious flaws on this Tigers squad. LSU started the season 2-0 before getting blown out by conference rival Mississippi State. LSU did manage to respond by beating Syracuse 35-26 at home and the team looked to be back on track. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they laid an egg in their next game and lost at home to Troy. LSU is currently 4-2 and is desperate for a signature win that can potentially save the 2017 season.
LSU’s offense is led by star running back Derrius Guice. Guice, a preseason favorite to win the Doak Walker Award, is averaging 4.4 yards per carry and has rushed for five touchdowns. Guice has elite elusiveness and will play a big role in LSU’s gameplan against Auburn’s stout defense. Expect Guice to get the ball early and often in this contest.
As for predictions, I expect Auburn to win by a few touchdowns. LSU has looked extremely average this season and has been very unpredictable. LSU’s defense has had serious issues this season stopping the run which bodes well for Auburn. I expect Stidham and Johnson to play extremely well and carry Auburn to a double digit win on the road.
Auburn vs. LSU: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Auburn vs. LSU
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Start Time: 3:30 P.M. EST
Location: Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA
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