LSU at Auburn
Time: 2:30 PM CT (Sat)
Spread: AUB -10.5
Odds c/o 5dimes
The No. 7 ranked Auburn Tigers are 2-0 after defeating No. 5 Washington and Alabama State in Weeks 1 and 2. Auburn now hosts SEC rival LSU at 2:30 PM CT on CBS. The Tigers are 10.5-point favorites on its home field, with an over/under set at 44.5 points according to NCAA football oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes.
Last week, Auburn thoroughly trounced Alabama State 63-9, but this week will hardly resemble that type of blowout. The Tigers opened the game with three first-quarter touchdowns, and it led 42-2 at the halftime intermission. Jarrett Stidham threw 6 of 11 for 113 yards and a TD, but Auburn’s ground game was what did the wreckage. Auburn rushed for 429 yards on 59 carries (7.3 yards per attempt) and it boasted two 100-yard performers, as JaTarvious Whitlow rushed for 122 yards and Shaun Shivers contributed another 117 yards and a TD. Anthony Schwartz had 50 yards rushing and another three receptions for 67 yards, including a 57-yard catch and a touchdown. Auburn did fumble five times, losing four of them—which should be a major cause for concern because that cannot happen against top-tier opponents with the same blowout success. The Tigers defense did hold Alabama State to just 47 yards rushing on 35 attempts, and it managed just 1.3 yards per rush attempt as Auburn’s tackling game was on-point.
Week 1, Auburn beat Washington 21-16 as Stidham threw 36 passes, completing 26, and racking up 273 yards and a TD. Whitlow rushed for 28 yards and Chandler Cox caught four passes for 52 yards. Kam Martin had 80 rushing yards and 32 receiving yards on five catches, and the Auburn defense was again superb. It was led by Daniel Thomas’ 8 tackles, while Darnell Williams also had eight, and three others had five or more. The Tigers came up with five sacks and nine tackles for loss, and it stifled Washington on the ground, limiting the Huskies to 3.1 yards per attempt on the rush with no rushing TDs. The secondary also came up with a big interception on Jake Browning, who still finished with nearly 300 yards in the game, but was just 18 of 32 with the pick, as well.
No. 12 ranked LSU defeated Miami in Week 1 33-17 and it knocked off Southeastern Louisiana last week 31-0. The Tigers got 137 yards from Nick Brossette on his 19 attempts, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Joe Borrow rushed for 27 and 20 yards, respectively, while each scoring a touchdown.
Quarterback Joe Burrow threw 10 of 20 for 151 yards with two TDs, and his top target WR Stephen Sullivan had 54 receiving yards on his two catches, while Ja’Marr Chase added three receptions for 25 yards and a TD. LSU opened its home season with a victory, but it will have a much tougher time with a top-10 opponent this week, as its SEC schedule begins with Auburn.