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9/24/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, it’s Game Day,

Today at 5 p.m., LSU and Auburn will face off at Jordan-Hare Stadium in what should be a great game and a very pivotal one for both teams. The battle of the Tigers commences at 5 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN with Mark Jones (pxp), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline) on the call. To help get you pumped for this hugely important game, LSU has released another hype video, this one being the official LSU-Auburn trailer – and it’s a doozy!

Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has been filled with memorable moments that, in many instances, have led to catchy names. In 1988, LSU’s Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the end zone on fourth down with 1:41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn. The noise from the stadium crowd after the play registered on a seismograph across campus prompting the game to be called “The Earthquake Game” (see video). In 1994, Auburn intercepted five passes in the fourth quarter, returning three for TDs, and posted a 30-26 win over LSU in a game that became known as “The Interception Game.” In 1996, with the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game that came to be known as “The Night the Barn Burned.” And who can forget the game in that special 2007 season when Demetrius Byrd caught a 22-yard TD pass from Matt Flynn with just one second left to send LSU to a 30-24 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium? After coming up with the catch, Byrd gave the “Can’t See Me” gesture to the LSU student section, leading to that game being known as the “Can’t See Me Game” (see video). How today’s game plays out and how it will be remembered is anyone’s guess, but some are already calling the “Buyout Bowl” or the “Hot Seat Game” because of what’s seemingly at stake for Guz Malzahn or Les Miles should his team lose the contest.

As promised, here are a few keys to LSU coming away with its third consecutive win, one which would tie Les Miles with Charles McClendon for the most SEC wins by a Tiger coach (65).  

KEYS TO AN LSU VICTORY OVER AUBURN

No Second Half Letdown

Whether it be penalties, turnovers, lack of intensity or just overall sloppiness, LSU has not played well in the second half. Actually, that may be putting it lightly. As reported by ESPN, only three FBS teams (UMass, Bowling Green and Memphis) have scored fewer second-half touchdowns than LSU’s two, and the Tigers rank 96th nationally with 469 second-half yards. Making matters worse, LSU’s four second-half turnovers are tied for 11th-most in the FBS. Simply put, for LSU to win today’s game, the Fighting Tigers need to stay focused and give it their all for 60 minutes.

Smart Game Plan Around Etling

From protection to balanced play-calling to giving Danny Etling easy throws early on, LSU needs to help Etling in his first major road contest in an LSU uniform. This means don’t fall into the “run, run, pass” routine that often creates third-and-long situations. It also means accounting for speedy Auburn rushers like Carl Lawson and giving Etling a clean pocket to throw from. LSU showed great balance last week against Mississippi State, just running it seven more times than they threw it. The purple and gold Tigers also gave Etling some check-down passes to running backs early on and have done a good job of sharing the football with other skilled playmakers. Expect much of the same this week as LSU tries to get its new starting quarterback in a groove early on the road. 

Stop the Run

Without a significant threat at quarterback, running the football is key to Auburn’s success. So far this season, Auburn is averaging 194 yards per game through the air, which is 10th in the conference. Meanwhile, Auburn is first in the conference in rushing with a 262 yards per game average. It’s imperative that LSU slow down running backs Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway and force passing situations on third down. If LSU does so, that will allow Dave Aranda more opportunities to get creative and get after Auburn’s quarterbacks. Auburn is 98th in the country in sacks allowed this season, thus long third down situations could open the door for more Arden Key in the backfield.

Win on Special Teams

This can’t be stressed enough. Both Auburn’s and LSU’s special teams have taken their lumps, but in a game that’s predicted to be a defensive battle, the punting and kicking games will be vital. So far, Auburn has a huge advantage in field goals, as Daniel Carlson has nailed all six of his attempts this season. LSU has been susceptible to blocked extra points, and Colby Delahoussaye has only attempted (and made) one field goal this season. Field position is key, first and foremost, but when the opportunity arises, LSU has to capitalize with points inside the red zone. Auburn’s defense forced Texas A&M into kicking four field goals on five red zone trips last week. If they do the same to LSU, Delahoussaye will need to make every kick count.

Heavy Dose of Healthy Fournette  

If Leonard Fournette gets any momentum, good luck trying to stop him. Auburn learned that the hard way last year when Fournette ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a lopsided victory. For LSU to have the same success running the football today, the Tigers’ offensive line will need to be physical off the edge and manhandle Auburn’s smaller defensive end front. Running Fournette off tackle should give him an opportunity to pick up some momentum and turn upfield. If LSU is successful in doing that, a heavy dose of Fournette should pave the way to victory. 

One note related to that last key: LSU starting right tackle Toby Weathersby reportedly did not travel with the team to Auburn. Weathersby sprained his right ankle in the first half of the game against Mississippi State and didn’t return to action. Coach Miles said earlier in the week that if Weathersby wasn’t able to play today, Maea Teuhema would take his place. This could prove to be significant in terms of depth, but I’m not worried at all about Teuhema starting. He played well in place of Weathersby in the second half last week and started 11 games at left guard last season.   

Today’s closing tidbits:

• I’m very happy to report that the recent Shaquille O’Neal - Johnny Jones Golf Classic at Carter Plantation in Springfield raised a whopping $200,000 for area flood relief! For more on this, see this press release.

• Yesterday I mentioned that LSU baseball fall practice is starting tomorrow and today I have some practice and scrimmage times to give you. All are free and open to the public. Of course, dates and times are subject to change due to weather.

Sunday, 9/25: 1pm (scrimmage @ 3pm)
Monday, 9/26: 3pm (scrimmage @ 3pm)
Tuesday, 9/27: 3pm (scrimmage @ 4pm)
Thursday, 9/28: 3pm (scrimmage @ 5pm) 

• Several football recruits being courted by both LSU and Auburn will be attending tonight’s game at Jordan-Hare including linebackers Will Ignont and Monty Rice. You might recall that those are two linebackers who had impressive camp performances at LSU during July’s “Elite Camp.” 

• For all of you Louisiana High School Football fans, here’s a link to the LHSAA Scoreboard Twitter feed that you can use to access all of last night’s scores. 

• If you’re in Auburn for today’s game, please make note of these Times of Interest.

• And if you’re looking for a place to watch the game with like-minded Tiger Fans, here are a few locations across the country where Alumni organizations will be hosting view-in parties.


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9/24/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans, it’s Game Day,

Today at 5 p.m., LSU and Auburn will face off at Jordan-Hare Stadium in what should be a great game and a very pivotal one for both teams. The battle of the Tigers commences at 5 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN with Mark Jones (pxp), Rod Gilmore (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline) on the call. To help get you pumped for this hugely important game, LSU has released another hype video, this one being the official LSU-Auburn trailer – and it’s a doozy!

Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has been filled with memorable moments that, in many instances, have led to catchy names. In 1988, LSU’s Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the end zone on fourth down with 1:41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn. The noise from the stadium crowd after the play registered on a seismograph across campus prompting the game to be called “The Earthquake Game” (see video). In 1994, Auburn intercepted five passes in the fourth quarter, returning three for TDs, and posted a 30-26 win over LSU in a game that became known as “The Interception Game.” In 1996, with the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game that came to be known as “The Night the Barn Burned.” And who can forget the game in that special 2007 season when Demetrius Byrd caught a 22-yard TD pass from Matt Flynn with just one second left to send LSU to a 30-24 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium? After coming up with the catch, Byrd gave the “Can’t See Me” gesture to the LSU student section, leading to that game being known as the “Can’t See Me Game” (see video). How today’s game plays out and how it will be remembered is anyone’s guess, but some are already calling the “Buyout Bowl” or the “Hot Seat Game” because of what’s seemingly at stake for Guz Malzahn or Les Miles should his team lose the contest.

As promised, here are a few keys to LSU coming away with its third consecutive win, one which would tie Les Miles with Charles McClendon for the most SEC wins by a Tiger coach (65).  

KEYS TO AN LSU VICTORY OVER AUBURN

No Second Half Letdown

Whether it be penalties, turnovers, lack of intensity or just overall sloppiness, LSU has not played well in the second half. Actually, that may be putting it lightly. As reported by ESPN, only three FBS teams (UMass, Bowling Green and Memphis) have scored fewer second-half touchdowns than LSU’s two, and the Tigers rank 96th nationally with 469 second-half yards. Making matters worse, LSU’s four second-half turnovers are tied for 11th-most in the FBS. Simply put, for LSU to win today’s game, the Fighting Tigers need to stay focused and give it their all for 60 minutes.

Smart Game Plan Around Etling

From protection to balanced play-calling to giving Danny Etling easy throws early on, LSU needs to help Etling in his first major road contest in an LSU uniform. This means don’t fall into the “run, run, pass” routine that often creates third-and-long situations. It also means accounting for speedy Auburn rushers like Carl Lawson and giving Etling a clean pocket to throw from. LSU showed great balance last week against Mississippi State, just running it seven more times than they threw it. The purple and gold Tigers also gave Etling some check-down passes to running backs early on and have done a good job of sharing the football with other skilled playmakers. Expect much of the same this week as LSU tries to get its new starting quarterback in a groove early on the road. 

Stop the Run

Without a significant threat at quarterback, running the football is key to Auburn’s success. So far this season, Auburn is averaging 194 yards per game through the air, which is 10th in the conference. Meanwhile, Auburn is first in the conference in rushing with a 262 yards per game average. It’s imperative that LSU slow down running backs Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway and force passing situations on third down. If LSU does so, that will allow Dave Aranda more opportunities to get creative and get after Auburn’s quarterbacks. Auburn is 98th in the country in sacks allowed this season, thus long third down situations could open the door for more Arden Key in the backfield.

Win on Special Teams

This can’t be stressed enough. Both Auburn’s and LSU’s special teams have taken their lumps, but in a game that’s predicted to be a defensive battle, the punting and kicking games will be vital. So far, Auburn has a huge advantage in field goals, as Daniel Carlson has nailed all six of his attempts this season. LSU has been susceptible to blocked extra points, and Colby Delahoussaye has only attempted (and made) one field goal this season. Field position is key, first and foremost, but when the opportunity arises, LSU has to capitalize with points inside the red zone. Auburn’s defense forced Texas A&M into kicking four field goals on five red zone trips last week. If they do the same to LSU, Delahoussaye will need to make every kick count.

Heavy Dose of Healthy Fournette  

If Leonard Fournette gets any momentum, good luck trying to stop him. Auburn learned that the hard way last year when Fournette ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a lopsided victory. For LSU to have the same success running the football today, the Tigers’ offensive line will need to be physical off the edge and manhandle Auburn’s smaller defensive end front. Running Fournette off tackle should give him an opportunity to pick up some momentum and turn upfield. If LSU is successful in doing that, a heavy dose of Fournette should pave the way to victory. 

One note related to that last key: LSU starting right tackle Toby Weathersby reportedly did not travel with the team to Auburn. Weathersby sprained his right ankle in the first half of the game against Mississippi State and didn’t return to action. Coach Miles said earlier in the week that if Weathersby wasn’t able to play today, Maea Teuhema would take his place. This could prove to be significant in terms of depth, but I’m not worried at all about Teuhema starting. He played well in place of Weathersby in the second half last week and started 11 games at left guard last season.   

Today’s closing tidbits:

• I’m very happy to report that the recent Shaquille O’Neal - Johnny Jones Golf Classic at Carter Plantation in Springfield raised a whopping $200,000 for area flood relief! For more on this, see this press release.

• Yesterday I mentioned that LSU baseball fall practice is starting tomorrow and today I have some practice and scrimmage times to give you. All are free and open to the public. Of course, dates and times are subject to change due to weather.

Sunday, 9/25: 1pm (scrimmage @ 3pm)
Monday, 9/26: 3pm (scrimmage @ 3pm)
Tuesday, 9/27: 3pm (scrimmage @ 4pm)
Thursday, 9/28: 3pm (scrimmage @ 5pm) 

• Several football recruits being courted by both LSU and Auburn will be attending tonight’s game at Jordan-Hare including linebackers Will Ignont and Monty Rice. You might recall that those are two linebackers who had impressive camp performances at LSU during July’s “Elite Camp.” 

• For all of you Louisiana High School Football fans, here’s a link to the LHSAA Scoreboard Twitter feed that you can use to access all of last night’s scores. 

• If you’re in Auburn for today’s game, please make note of these Times of Interest.

• And if you’re looking for a place to watch the game with like-minded Tiger Fans, here are a few locations across the country where Alumni organizations will be hosting view-in parties.

9/23/16 5:50 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

I’ve got several things that I’m excited to share with you today - this great new LSU hype video, Part 2 of my Q&A with Mike Detillier, the continuation of our LSU-Auburn preview, and our weekly predictions. Oh, and there’s these Times of Interest for those of you making the trip to Jordan-Hare, and even some baseball news in today’s report. That’s a lot to pack into one daily dose of Tiger News, so pour yourself an appropriately large cup of joe and let’s get to it. 

In today’s installment of the Detillier Q&A, I get Mike’s thoughts on defense, special teams, and the topic that’s been on everybody’s mind since the season opening loss – Miles’ job security. I also ask Mike a question that I’ve answered by email many times recently – why didn’t Coach Miles play Etling against Wisconsin if he’s so good? – and get his prediction on tomorrow’s score. Good stuff from Mike, as always. Give it a read and be sure to let us know your thoughts. Your feedback is appreciated.

DandyDon.com’s Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU Football – Defense, Special Teams, Miles and More.

Now let’s move on with our preview of LSU versus Auburn, which kicks off tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium (ESPN), by looking at Special Teams and Intangibles. In case you missed it, yesterday we gave Auburn’s defense a slight advantage over LSU’s offense and LSU’s defense a big advantage over Auburn’s offense. 

Special Teams

LSU’s special teams have shown improvement in the last two games, but still have their share of issues. LSU holds a statistical advantage over Auburn in the punt return game due to TréDavious White’s big return, but the two Tiger teams are pretty much dead even in punting and kick returns. Surprisingly, LSU holds the advantage in kick return coverage. In fact, when LSU kicks the ball deep and there’s a return on kickoffs, LSU has allowed the lowest yardage per return in the conference (13.8 yards). Of course, that stat doesn’t take into account the times LSU has kicked the ball out of bounds. And we can’t forget that LSU’s “hands” unit allowed a successful onside kick by Mississippi State last week. As for Auburn’s special teams, they haven’t exactly exemplified the word “special” either, but their place kicker, Daniel Carlson, has nailed all six of his PAT and field goal attempts so far this season, whereas LSU has missed two PATs and has only had one field goal attempt. Slight Advantage Auburn

Intangibles

Auburn defenders have this game circled after last year’s embarrassing performance against Leonard Fournette, and Auburn has beaten LSU six out of the last eight times the two teams have played in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Those two victories for LSU include an unimpressive 12-10 win in 2012 and a 26-21 heart-pounding win in 2008. And who can forget that 41-7 beatdown suffered by LSU in 2014.  About the only thing that gives LSU an upswing in the intangibles department in this game is the emergence of Etling at quarterback and the spark he provides, but how he will perform in his first road contest is a big unknown. One might think that LSU has an advantage because of the fact that Coach Miles’ job is at serious risk, but the same can be said for Auburn with Guz Malzahn fighting to avoid his third loss of the season. As I mentioned before, the losing coach of this game will probably have the hottest seat in all of college football. Advantage Auburn 

By reading the two paragraphs above, one might think I’m not optimistic about LSU’s chances tomorrow, but that is not the case (as you’ll see below). Auburn didn’t have a strong vertical passing game against Clemson or Texas A&M, and I don’t think they’ll have much of one against LSU’s secondary. That, combined with the fact that LSU’s run defense has been stout, makes me think the purple and gold Tigers will force a few 3-and-outs and score some points on short-fields. Let me stop there, since I’ll be giving our Keys to Victory tomorrow, and move on with my weekly predictions. By the way, last week I went 12-3 and on the season I’m 35-11 (straight up).

Week 4 Predictions:

Alabama 51 Kent State 6
Ole Miss 35 Georgia 24
Tennessee 20 Florida 17
Mississippi State 35 UMass 9
Western Kentucky 27 Vanderbilt 21
Kentucky 17 South Carolina 24
Arkansas 33 Texas A&M 30
UL-Lafayette 21 Tulane 24
Northwestern State 17 Southeastern LA 30
LA Tech 23 Middle Tennessee 21
LSU 27 Auburn 17 

You probably weren’t expecting to read anything about baseball today, but there’s some news to pass along there as well. Believe it or not, the 2017 LSU baseball team takes the field for the first time at 1 p.m. CT Sunday, as the Tigers begin their six-week fall practice period. The fall practice session continues through November 6. All workouts in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field are free and open to the public. LSU is loaded for 2017 with eight of its nine starting position players from last season’s team returning, including senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, senior second baseman Cole Freeman, junior first baseman Greg Deichmann, sophomore third baseman Chris Reid, junior catcher Michael Papierski, junior left fielder Beau Jordan, sophomore right fielder Antoine Duplantis and junior designated hitter Bryce Jordan. Senior catcher Jordan Romero, sophomore outfielder Brody Wofford, senior infielder Bryce Adams and sophomore outfielder Brennan Breaux are other returning players with starting experience. Senior left-hander Jared Poché and All-American junior right-hander Alex Lange are back for their third straight season as one of the best 1-2 weekend starting combinations in the country. The pitching staff will also feature senior right-handed closer Hunter Newman, who led the Tigers with eight saves last season. 

In other baseball news, LSU’s Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field was ranked as the No. 1 college baseball stadium in the nation in a D1 Baseball survey released this week. I know, that not surprising, but it’s still good to hear. For more on that topic including what the coaches and SIDs who voted in the poll had to say about the Box, click here. By the way, LSU was followed in the Top 10 by Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State, Coastal Carolina and North Carolina.

I’ll leave you today with a couple of feel-good articles related to LSU. This one is about the kinship LSU’s Josh Boutté formed with the victim of his unsportsmanlike hit in the Wisconsin game. And this one is about the bond that developed between Colby Delahoussaye and the mother of Mike Sadler, one of the two kickers who lost his life in the car crash Delahoussaye was in right before the season started. 

Oh, and I’ve updated our Ticket Exchange

9/22/16 5:45 am CST

Good morning, Tiger Fans,

As promised, today I’m happy to share with you a new Q&A with NFL and College Football analyst Mike Detillier on the topic of LSU football. In today’s initial installment of the two-part series, I get Mike’s thoughts on whether this team is a playoff contender, on quarterback Danny Etling, on the offensive line, and on the skill positions. I also ask Mike to comment on the second half of last week’s game, during which LSU almost let Mississippi State overcome a 20-point deficit. In tomorrow’s segment, I’ll get Mikes’s thoughts on the defense and special teams, so be sure to tune in for that too. 

DandyDon.com’s Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU Football – Offense

Moving on with our normal order of business on Thursdays, today we’ll recap what Coach Miles had to say in his weekly call-in show. After that, we’ll continue our preview of LSU and Auburn with our thoughts on LSU’s offense vs. Auburn’s defense and vice versa.  Here we go…

LES MILES SHOW RECAP

Before going to the phone lines, Miles spoke a little about last week’s game, saying that on offense there was balance between the run and pass, but that they have to finish games. He also spoke highly of Danny Etling, calling him a cool customer who doesn’t get rattled, makes good decisions and gets the ball to the right guys.

As usual, the first caller of the night was Sadie from Denton. She asked Miles how he’s preparing the team for its first away SEC game at a loud Jordan-Hare Stadium. Miles said they’ve played in a lot of loud stadiums before, and what they have to do is go in with a serious mindset and take care of business. Simple as that.

Rickey from Birmingham asked two questions: What is the advantage of having a punter as the holder on field goals and PATs, and who was responsible for the onside kick mismatch. Miles answered the second question first, saying, “We haven’t had the opportunity to have many onside kicks. We needed to coach it better and certainly I’m responsible. We spent a lot of time on it this week.” He added that the way the ball bounced gave them no chance to field it until the third bounce, but their front line guys needed to block better. As for the question about having a punter as the holder, Miles said it would be ideal to have a quarterback as the holder, but that Growden has great hands and is a special teams guy. He did say, however, that they’d like to take that responsibility off of Growden’s plate so that he can focus on punting.

The next question came from a Twitter user who pointed out that LSU doesn’t have an upperclassman middle linebacker returning next year and asked why Devin White isn’t playing more there. Miles said White played more last game and they see him as being a guy that will man that linebacker spot next year very quickly.

Between callers, host Chris Blair talked about the outstanding season TréDavious White is having. Miles agreed and said White is a tremendously talented football player and an even better person. 

After speaking about the improvement of punter Growden and the outstanding play of Lewis Neal, Jamal Adams and Arden Key, Blair asked coached Miles what he thought when he heard Key say his goal is to have 20 sacks this year. Miles answered, “Dream big! Go big or go home! He thinks like a Tiger.”

Tremaine from Las Vegas said a lot of people gripe about Miles’ offense but he recognizes that the problem is execution. He then asked if Miles is happy about the push his defensive line is getting in the middle. Miles said he was satisfied with the push his guys are getting considering they are getting double-teamed. In response to Tremaine’s first comment, Miles thanked him for his understanding and said if they execute and continue to improve they will be able to throw for 250-300 yards per game and have the opportunity to do the things they’ve always wanted to do. He added that the playbook is open and hopefully the opportunity to use more of the plays will come with more first downs.

My friend Charlie from Lafayette, a longtime DandyDon reader, called to say  he keeps hearing from others that LSU went conservative in the second half against Mississippi State so he went back and charted every play. His conclusion was that Miles was throwing a lot in the second half and continued to attack. Charlie also pointed out that the team’s kick coverage has been off the charts this year. Miles thanked Charlie for his observations and said sometimes people get short-sighted with stats. He agreed that kick coverage has been “lights out” and said he might have one of the best kickoff teams in the country.

Travis from the live audience asked about the overall health of the offensive line. Miles said there’s not a serious injury in the group and that they should have most everybody back in good shape this week.

Later from the live audience, the Evil Twin followed up on that question by asking how many O-linemen are ready to play at any time. Miles said they have “a very comfortable 8” and that all have practiced this week. He repeated that he thinks they will be fine there for this Saturday’s game.

The last caller of the night, Joe from Alabama, asked Miles if he has changed the offense any now that Etling is the quarterback. Miles’ response was, “We've really stayed with a lot of our base premises. Maybe a little different execution, but the same offense.”

Now let’s switch gears and move on with our preview of LSU’s very important road contest against Auburn by looking at who has the advantage on offense and defense. Tomorrow we’ll do the same with special teams and intangibles.

LSU’s offense vs. Auburn’s defense

This is a hard one to call. On one hand, LSU’s offense has been very impressive at times with Danny Etling at quarterback, but has yet to play a “complete game.” On the other hand, Auburn’s defense looks great on paper, even after playing Clemson and Texas A&M, but its numbers are greatly inflated by a blowout win over Arkansas State. One thing to note is that Auburn held the Aggies to a 13% third-down conversion rate (2-for-15), and showcased a strong red zone defense, forcing four field goals in five red zone trips. That’s impressive, and what’s particularly interesting about it is that LSU has excelled in 3rd down conversions with Etling at the helm (56%) and has been very good in the red zone. If Etling remains poised in his first road game, and if Leonard Fournette and LSU’s offensive line are in good health, LSU could have the advantage here, but without knowing for sure whether that will be the case, we’ll have to give Auburn the slight advantage here.
Slight advantage Auburn

LSU’s defense vs. Auburn’s offense

At this juncture, Auburn has more questions on offense than LSU. Sean White is the starting quarterback, but Gus Malzahn hasn’t gone a game without trying two other quarterbacks (John Franklin III and Jeremy Johnson) at the position. To go along with that, Auburn’s offensive line has been suspect, to say the least. Against Texas A&M, Auburn allowed four sacks and forced Malzahn to think twice about taking any shots down the field. Texas A&M has one of the best defensive lines in football thanks to Daeshon Hall and Myles Garrett, but LSU’s defensive line has proven quite capable of getting to the passer too. And we saw at the end of the Mississippi State game just how good Dave Aranda is at confusing opposing offensive lines, as evidenced by Arden Key’s game-sealing sack. As long as LSU can limit Auburn’s two-headed monster at running back – Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson – LSU should have no problem taking advantage of Auburn’s offensive line woes and quarterback flaws. Auburn has not shown the ability to pass vertically against Clemson or Texas A&M, and I don’t think they’ll be able to against LSU’s secondary.
Strong Advantage LSU 

Today’s closing tidbits:

Don’t forget to check out Part 1 of the Q&A with Mike Detillier and return tomorrow for Part 2 and the continuation of our LSU-Auburn breakdown.

• Former LSU quarterback Jamie Howard told the Culotta and the Prince radio show Wednesday morning that current LSU QB Brandon Harris received death threats after the Tigers' 16-14 season opening loss to Wisconsin. I find that despicable beyond words. For more on that topic, read this article by NOLA.com

• And if you’re got a few more minutes to spare, here’s a good article on Danny Etling by the Advocate: Danny Etling's Matt Flynn-type characteristics are sending Cam Cameron deep into LSU's playbook

 

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