LSU Tigers (2-0) vs Auburn Tigers (2-0)Date : 09/15/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Jordan Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
LSU Tigers vs Auburn Tigers
The LSU Tigers will travel to Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, for a week 3, SEC battle with the Auburn Tigers on Saturday at 3:30 pm EST. LSU would get the win the last time these two teams met on October 14, 2017 by a 27-24 score at home while they would cover as 6.5-point underdogs while the over was the play with the total being set at 47 points. LSU would cover the spread in 2 of their last 3 meetings while the over has been the result in 2 of the last 3 meetings, overall. Auburn would get the 63-9 win at home over the Alabama State Hornets in week 2 as they would not cover the spread of 61.5 points while the over was the result with the total being set at 69.5 points while LSU would blowout the Southeastern Louisiana Lions by a 31-0 score at home to where they would also not cash in on the spread of 40-points while the under of 57.5 points was not surpassed. These two teams have had some exciting battles over the years and I fully expect this to be a competitive SEC showdown.
LSU Tigers's Latest Performance :
LSU would go up 24-10 at halftime against the Lions of Southeastern Alabama in week 2 en route to a 31-0 blowout win and would be led by the passing of Joe Burrow, who would have 151 yards along with 2 touchdown passes, along with Nick Brossette, who would gash the Lions defense for 137 yards on 7.2 yards rushing for the game. The strength of the Auburn defense is in their ability to stop the rush as they are allowing teams to average 74.5 yards per game, good for 17th in the nation. With that being said, expect both teams to battle in the trenches in which to establish themselves early on. Much like LSU, Auburn also has had a tendency to give up yards in the air as they allow teams 227 yards per game, thus making the contributions from receivers Stephen Sullivan and Foster Moreau much more essential for LSU to come away with a victory in this game.
Auburn Tigers 's Latest Performance :
The Auburn Tigers would win easily over the Hornets of Alabama State last week thanks to a punishing rushing game led by JaTarvious Whitlow along with Shaun Shivers who would combine for 239 yards and a TD. Jarrett Stidham would also throw a touchdown pass while having 113 yards total in the air. They will certainly have a more difficult time finding running room against the LSU defense that has only allowed an average of 74 yards to their opponents. Nonetheless, Auburn will be more than prepared for what LSU will bring on rush defense as they are averaging 288 yards per game on the ground. LSU has allowed their opponents yards in the air thus far as they are ranked 79th in the nation while giving up 224 yards. With that being said, Auburn will look to their playmakers on the outside in Anthony Schwartz and Ryan Davis to step up big for the offense in this contest on Saturday.
How LSU Tigers & Auburn Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Auburn is 1-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-1
LSU is 1-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
One of the most hard-hitting and competitive rivalries in college football will commence on Saturday as LSU will visit Jordan Hare Stadium to battle Auburn. While the players may be a bit different, the results seem to remain the same: Tough, grinding football, along with a heavy dose of the running game. I expect this to be the case in this contest as well as both will be looking to establish themselves within the trenches in which to take control of this game. In all, this will be a must watch game this weekend, as it will essentially be SEC football at its best.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: LSU Tigers +9.5
My reason for the pick :
As stated, LSU has covered in 2 of the last 3 meeting amongst these two squads. With that being said, I will back the Tigers to keep this game close throughout. It would be important to note that while I do not believe that they Tigers will pull out a victory, it is through their running game with Brossette along with the playmaking ability of Burrow under center that will keep the visitors in this game. Of course, both teams will be looking to pound the ball for most of the game, I expect LSU to open things up a bit in allowing Burrow to utilize Sullivan and Moreau on the outside. In all, LSU will certainly change the opinions of many with their showing against their SEC foe on Saturday.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 45
My reason for the prediction :
While the over has been the play in 2 of the last 3 games amongst these two squads, I will back the over in this contest because both seem to have stout defenses, once again, in 2018. Combine this with the fact that this is the SEC and with a rivalry as heated as this, one must expect a defensive-minded battle between two teams looking to have the inside tract in the SEC West. In all, the total will definitely not touch the 45-point mark in this hard-hitting contest.
Betting trends for LSU Tigers:
- Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games
- Under is 7-1-2 in Tigers last 10 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
- Under is 6-1 in Tigers last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Betting trends for Auburn Tigers :
- Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game
- Under is 7-1 in Tigers last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Over is 5-1 in Tigers last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.