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LSU Has a Key Edge vs Auburn

LSU Tigers vs Auburn Tigers Preview

It might not carry the same weight as in previous years, but Saturday’s all-Tigers showdown between SEC rivals LSU and Auburn will still make for great viewing. Defending champion LSU (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) continued its strong offensive stretch with a 52-24 drubbing of South Carolina, while host Auburn (3-2 SU, 2-3 ATS) is coming off a dramatic 35-28 triumph over Ole Miss.

LSU Tigers vs Auburn Tigers
  • Date/Time: October 31, 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Jordan-Hare Stadium
  • TV Coverage: CBS
  • Opening Odds: LSU -2 | O/U 62.5 (Line History)
  • LSU vs Auburn Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

LSU has been given a slight edge from the oddsmakers, who have the visitors as 2-point favorites; the line hasn’t moved from its opening. The total is installed at 62.5.

LSU News & Notes

Some big names are no longer on the team – we’re looking at you, Joe Burrow, Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Justin Jefferson – but LSU still has one of the most impressive offenses in the nation at 42 points per game. Quarterback Myles Brennan was the catalyst with 11 touchdown passes through three games, but he sat out last week’s win with what is called a serious lower-body injury.

LSU didn’t miss a beat in Brennan’s absence, compiling 541 total yards of offense – including 276 on the ground. Backup QB TJ Finley accounted for three TDs and will be an interesting contrarian daily fantasy play this week vs a solid Auburn defense. Also worth consideration: wide receiver Terrace Marshall, who has 512 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in four games.

Auburn News & Notes

Consistency has been elusive for Auburn, which has alternated wins and losses over its first five games. And it took a 58-yard touchdown strike from Bo Nix to Seth Williams with 1:11 remaining to prevent what would have been the team’s third loss in four games. Nix (1,107 passing yards, six TDs, four INTs) isn’t a strong DFS play given his season-long struggles.

As for who daily fantasy players can count on here, Auburn running back Tank Bigsby is a strong play who might see depressed ownership given the abundance of options. With respect to Williams, Bigsby has been Auburn’s offensive MVP through the first five games, rumbling for 432 yards (5.8 YPC) and three touchdowns while adding 11 catches for 84 yards.

Betting Pick: LSU -2 (-110)

In a game that oddsmakers are expecting to be evenly matched, we’re putting our money on the superior quarterback play.

Shark Bites
  • LSU is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games.
  • Auburn is 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 home games.
  • The UNDER is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings at Auburn.