College Football Week 4 Picks: LSU Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers

LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers
Saturday, 9/22/12, 7:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  LSU -17.5
Current Betting Line:  LSU -20
Opening Total:  48.5
Current Total:  48.5
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The LSU Tigers have the best running game in the Southeastern Conference through three weeks

LSU opens up Southeastern Conference play on Saturday, traveling to face Auburn inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.  The Tigers are going to be one of the more popular college football picks of the weekend, considering they’ve won 24 straight games in the month of September, including a 63-14 blowout win over the Idaho Vandals as 42.5-point home favorites last week.  The program has outscored its first three opponents by a 145-31 margin, as it looks to extend its nation-leading 16 consecutive regular-season win streak.  LSU is 2-0 ATS as a road favorite of 14.5 or more points.

The Tigers have opened the season scoring 40 or more points in their first three games, which is only the second time in the modern era that’s happened.  LSU will certainly be challenged in this contest, considering the home team has won 11 of the last 12 games in this series.  Head coach Les Miles is 5-2 in SEC openers, while going 42-18 versus such opponents during his time in Baton Rouge.  With its potent rushing attack, LSU leads the conference in averaging 48.3 points per game, while possessing the top rushing attack in gaining 269.3 yards per game on the ground.

Auburn snapped a two-game losing streak by capturing a 31-28 win over Louisiana-Monroe in Week 3, but it won the statistical battle by just eight yards.  “We have a great football team coming in to play next week,” stated Tigers head coach Gene Chizik.  “We have to improve.”  The Tigers have lost five straight games to ranked opponents, including a 45-10 setback in last year’s meeting in this series, which was the largest margin of victory either side has finished with.  Auburn is 3-8 ATS in September the last two-plus seasons.

The Tigers have won all three of Chizik’s home openers versus conference foes, with the offense scoring 35 or more points in each of those contests.  Auburn will have a hard time getting up to that type of number, but it’s important to note that the school has won 75 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.  Running back Onterrio McCalebb is the player to watch offensively, coming off a season-high 128-yard performance on the ground last week.

Sports bettors will likely add the Auburn Tigers as one of their against-the-spread college football picks this weekend, as the home team is 8-3-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

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