As a part of TC Sports’ weekly series, we will be breaking down the top BCS game of the week. Our next BCS Game of the Week: a SEC battle of the Tigers from Death Valley, as Auburn travels to face No. 6 LSU.
WHY AUBURN WILL WIN:
Even in their horrendous 3-9 campaign in 2012 (0-8 SEC), the Tigers fielded a team filled with athletes, and actually played LSU to a very tight score, losing just 12-10 at home. This Auburn offense also features junior quarterback Nick Marshall, who is coming of throwing for 339 yards, running for 22 more, and throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions in Auburn’s 24-20 win over a quality Mississippi State team. Along with Marshall, Auburn features the rushing attack of juniors Tre Mason, Corey Brown and Cameron Artis-Payne, who have combined for 602 rushing yards and five touchdowns in Auburn’s first three games. The Tigers roll into Baton Rouge at 3-0, with a chance to eclipse their 2012 win total by their fourth game. The last time the Tigers started a season 4-0 was in their 2010 National Championship season that featured Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Gus Malzahn, the first-year head coach of Auburn, was the team’s offensive coordinator for that season.
WHY LSU WILL WIN:
Well, let’s just say that LSU head coach Les Miles has had some success in Death Valley (25-7 in SEC home games in his tenure), as well as against unranked teams (51-4). The Tigers also have rolled in hot with a No. 6 ranking in the latest AP Poll, and a 3-0 record to show for it (including a 37-27 victory over then-No. 20 TCU). We know they have a strong defense (No. 10 in nation in total defense), but their offense has also come along (No. 34 in nation in total offense) ever since Cam Cameron took over as offensive coordinator. Zach Mettenberger has come along nicely in his second season as the Tigers’ starter (No. 3 in nation and No. 1 in SEC in passer efficiency thus far this season), and LSU has running backs for days with backs such as Terrence Magee, Jeremy Hill, and Alfred Blue. Mettenberger also has several receiving targets in Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to attack an Auburn defense that currently ranks 12th out of 14 SEC teams.
LSU comes into this game as the favorite, and deservedly so. Malzahn can’t unseat “The Mad Hatter”, Les Miles, and LSU should have this game by a score of 28-17. Aubrun simply can’t stop all of LSU’s new weapons, and Auburn junior quarterback Nick Marshall gets a rude welcoming from one of the SEC’s top defenses.