Auburn football had one of its weirdest wins of all time against LSU last season. Now, Gus Malzahn’s Tigers are looking for any win they can get in Death Valley, a place where the program hasn’t been successful in the last 18 years.
No. 10 Auburn (5-1, 3-0 SEC) is on a roll heading into Baton Rouge, where it faces Ed Orgeron and LSU (4-2, 1-1 SEC) Saturday at 3:30 p.m ET on CBS.
LSU knocked off Florida on the road last week, and it will want to atone for its last home game — a loss at the hands of Sun Belt program Troy.
Auburn defeated LSU, 18-13, last season behind 6 field goals from Daniel Carlson. The kicker from Colorado will probably get more help this time around, though, as the Tigers have scored at least 44 points in each of their last three wins.
Auburn-LSU betting odds
Auburn is a 7-point favorite, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 44.5 points.
Auburn-LSU betting picks
Justin Ferguson: Auburn 31, LSU 20
There’s a danger of the transitive property taking hold here: MSU crushed LSU, and Auburn crushed LSU. But LSU is improving, and this is a tough road environment that Auburn hasn’t won at in 18 years. Auburn’s best plan of attack is to run at LSU, and that’s what LSU will want to do as well. I expect a lower-scoring game. Auburn pulls away with its depth in the second half, and LSU gets a late touchdown to make this look closer than it actually is.
Lauren Shute: Auburn 28 LSU 13
For Auburn playing in Baton Rouge isn’t really going to be too much about football. On paper Gus Malzahn’s team is talented and has all of the momentum on its side, but Auburn will have to execute and limit its mistakes on the road. This is a mental hurdle considering Auburn hasn’t won in Baton Rouge this century. It’s also a test for the defense, who was embarrassed in 2015 by Leonard Fournette. Auburn, who will benefit from the fact that it’s an afternoon game, needs to strike early and if it does it could be a great day to be an Auburn Tiger.
Benjamin Wolk: Auburn 27, LSU 6
The last time Auburn beat LSU in Baton Rouge, the final score was 41-7. I don’t think Auburn wins by that large of a margin, but I expected a relatively easy outing for Gus Malzahn & Co. Kerryon Johnson has an opportunity on the national stage to thrust himself into the Heisman conversation. I think he does that. Auburn’s defense returns to its sub-14 dominance.
Zac Blackerby: Auburn 28, LSU 10
Auburn’s defense will keep them in this game for all 60 minutes regardless of how the offense plays. I see the Auburn passing attack needing a few drives to get comfortable and the offensive line getting accustomed to LSU’s pass rush. When it’s all said and done, Auburn will wear down LSU and show that they are the better team in Baton Rouge for the first time this century.
Auburn-LSU betting preview
- It’s been a while: Auburn hasn’t beaten LSU in Baton Rouge since 1999, when the orange and blue Tigers came out with a 41-7 beatdown in Tommy Tuberville’s first season. Tuberville never got another win in Death Valley, and the victories also eluded Gene Chizik. Auburn lost its only SEC game in 2013 at LSU and was defeated 45-21 in 2015.
60 in 30: Auburn has beaten three straight SEC opponents by at least 20 points each for the first time since 1987.
The touchdown champ: Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson leads the FBS in rushing touchdowns with 12. He missed two games due to injury, and all but one of his scores have come in the last three contests.
- The touchdown champ: Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson leads the FBS in rushing touchdowns with 12. He missed two games due to injury, and all but one of his scores have come in the last three contests.
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