AUBURN, Ala. — Winning in Baton Rouge hasn’t been easy for Auburn since 1999.
That’s the last time Auburn went into Tiger Stadium and came out with a W. This year could be different. LSU looked like it would be one of the biggest tests on Auburn’s schedule before the season. It still is, but the game will do more to test how well Auburn is gelling halfway into the season.
LSU has suffered tough losses so far this year. One was a stunning 37-7 blowout in Starkville that catapulted Mississippi State in the polls and one was an embarrassing 24-21 slip-up against Troy. Auburn, meanwhile, has been rolling through conference play. The game on LSU’s home field will be a tough victory to claim, but Auburn is confident that its physical defense and explosive offense can pull it off.
As always, our SEC Country staff has spent the week speaking with coach Gus Malzahn and players on the Auburn campus. Now it’s time to make a game prediction. Here they are:
Justin Ferguson: Auburn 31, LSU 20
There’s a danger of the transitive property taking hold here: Mississippi State crushed LSU, and Auburn crushed Mississippi State. But LSU is improving, and this is a tough road environment where 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 after Auburn has gone for 40-plus in its first three SEC games. 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 huge mental hurdle to overcome, considering Auburn hasn’t won in Baton Rouge this century. It’s also a test for the defense, which was embarrassed in 2015 by Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 228 yards and 3 touchdowns. Auburn will benefit from the fact that it’s an afternoon game, so it 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 Trophy 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 since 1999.
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