LSU opened as a 14-point favorite over an Auburn team off to a solid start under first-year coach Gus Malzahn.
Auburn rallied behind quarterback Nick Marshall to knock off Mississippi State last week and improve to 3-0 under Malzahn, the Tigers’ offensive coordinator on their 2010 national championship team. But a trip to Death Valley will be by far their toughest test so far.
LSU has won five of six over Auburn, but covered the spread in only three of those games. LSU squeaked out a 12-10 win at Auburn last season as an 18-point favorite.
After opening with an impressive win over TCU, LSU has blown out back-to-back cupcakes in UAB and Kent State. Auburn is step up in competition, and LSU has not fared well against the spread in conference play, going 3-6 against the spread in its last nine SEC games.
Auburn has lost six in a row at LSU since their last win here in 1999, according to the Odds Shark college football database.