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LSU vs Auburn: Game Preview

LSU head coach Les Miles (Source: WAFB) LSU head coach Les Miles (Source: WAFB)
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LSU (2-1) travels to the Plains to face the Auburn Tigers (1-2) in an important SEC matchup on Saturday. 

In 2014, quarterback Brandon Harris made his first start at Auburn and the Baton Rouge Bengals lost 41-7. 

This season, Auburn opened against Clemson, playing the top 5 power tough but coming up on the short end of a 19-13 final score. The War Eagles bounced back against Arkansas State, winning 51-14, and lost to Texas A&M last weekend  29-16, causing unrest on the Plains. 

STATS COMPARISON:

PER GAME LSU AUBURN
Scoring Offense 23.7 26.7
Rushing Offense 182.3 261.7
Passing Offense 157.7 194.0
Total Offense 340.0 455.7
Scoring Defense 16.3 20.7
Rushing Defense 103.3 149.3
Passing Defense 222.3 251.7
Total Defense 325.6 401.0

Players to watch for the Auburn Tigers:
Sean White will start at quarterback for Auburn on Saturday. White is 45 of 71 in the air for 510 yards and three touchdowns. His most productive game was against Arkansas State, throwing for 244 yards and three touchdowns.

Kerryon Johnson leads the team in rushing, carrying the ball 56 times for 278 yards and four touchdowns. Kamryn Pettway has carried the ball 35 times for 275 yards and one touchdown. He is averaging 7.9 yards per carry.       

Tony Stevens has 13 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns. 

The defense is led by Johnathan Ford and Tre' Williams. Ford has 21 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and Williams has 18 total tackles and a sack. 

Joshua Holsey has the only interception for the Auburn defense. 

KEYS TO THE GAME:
Can LSU's offensive line fight through the injuries and avoid any more mishaps?

LSU and Auburn both like to run the ball on offense and struggle at times in the passing game. Both defenses are solid against the run. Which team will have success in the air? 

Can LSU starting quarterback Danny Etling avoid the struggles Brandon Harris had in his road debut in Jordan-Hare Stadium?

Will LSU show up in the second half and play a complete game?

9 Picks Prediction: LSU 27, Auburn 16

LSU and Auburn will kickoff in Jordan-Hare Stadium at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

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