LSU at Auburn: Week 3 College Football Preview

By September 14, 2018articles

Two behemoths of the SEC clash this Saturday as #14 LSU visits Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on #7 Auburn at 3:30 p.m. ET. Auburn is a 10-point home favorite over LSU with an over/under line sitting at 44.5.

No one really knows what to expect from LSU this year— although so far they’ve handled their business. Led by Head Coach Ed Orgeron, LSU (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) jumped out of the gate with two impressive wins to start the season: an impressive 33-17 dismantling of a ranked Miami Hurricanes team and a 31-0 domination of Southeastern Louisiana. Flawed, one-dimensional offenses have held LSU back in recent years, but thus far 2018 for LSU appears to be different.

Heading into the Auburn game, LSU finally has a quarterback that can test SEC defenses. Dual-threat quarterback Joe Burrow has been impressive to start the season and last week threw for 2 touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown verses Southeastern Louisiana. And as always LSU’s running back group, led by Nick Brousette, is one of the best and deepest in college football.

Despite being a 10-point underdog, LSU has to like its chances as they gave Auburn its most embarrassing lost last year, coming back from 23 down to win 27-23. LSU is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Auburn could have played itself into The College Football Playoff last year despite its loss to LSU, but the team lacked the edge needed to compete with the best in the SEC. This year Auburn (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS), led by Head Coach Gus Malzahn, returns a ton of experience from last year and should be hungry to rise to the top of the SEC.

Having already beaten a top-10 team in PAC 12 frontrunner Washington, Auburn must feel confident versing its first big SEC opponent in LSU at home. Auburn is 4-0 ATS when facing LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium and are 4-1-1 ATS when scoring more than 40 points in their previous game (Auburn score 63 against Alabama St.)

Led by star quarterback Jarrett Stidham and a top-10 defense, Auburn has all the makings of a championship squad.

Although both teams have enviable offensive firepower, this game has the potential to be a classic, low-scoring SEC matchup between two defensive juggernauts.

Pick: Our Expert Scott Matthews ranks the game as a 5-unit selection and likes LSU +10 for this matchup.