The No. 2 team in the land goes on the road for the first time this season as LSU's Tigers visit Auburn Saturday night (7 pm ET ESPN).
The 3-0 Bayou Bengals, coming off a third-straight blowout victory, were favored by 17 points over the other Tigers, who are 1-2 after losing to Clemson Saturday. Since the opening spread was posted, betting has pushed the number higher (and its a high of -21 at as of Friday afternoon).
The home team has won 9 of 10 in this series bwteen these SEC rivals.
Betting Line: If you're going with the Tigers in this one, they were listed as 18.5-point underdogs on the betting line for the contest at . The total was 48.5 over at GTbets.eu.
Power Rankings / Prediction: Auburn is rated No. 108 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Tigers sit at No. 3. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 64-19 win for the Tigers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Auburn's No. 105-ranked offense (20 PPG) against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 11 at 10.3 PPG. The Tigers passing attack has averaged 160.7 yards per game, more than the Tigers give up through the air (158 YPG on average).
LSU won its last outing, a 63-14 result against Idaho on September 15. LSU covered in that game as a 42-point favorite, while the 77 combined points took the game OVER the total. Idaho was unable to contain Kenny Hilliard in its last action Saturday and the result was a 63-14 Week 3 loss against the Tigers.
Auburn won its last outing, a 31-28 result against Louisiana-Monroe on September 15. Auburn failed to cover in that game as a 14.5-point favorite, while the 59 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, Auburn got a 128-yard performance from Onterio McCalebb as a key part of its 31-28 win over Louisiana-Monroe.
LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing in September are 10-0
When playing on grass are 10-0
After outgaining opponent are 10-0
When playing within the conference are 9-1
Auburn Tigers Trends:
When playing in September are 7-3
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing within the conference are 5-5
A few Tigers at Tigers trends to consider:
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
LSU is 17-1 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LSU's last 6 games when playing on the road against Auburn
LSU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Auburn
Auburn is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home
Auburn is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against LSU
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Auburn's last 6 games when playing at home against LSU
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Auburn's last 12 games when playing LSU
LSU home to Towson, Saturday, September 29
Auburn home to Arkansas, Saturday, October 6