On a weekend when match-ups between top tier teams are lacking, a Saturday night clash of Tigers in Death Valley pits two undefeated SEC squads in a rivalry that has historically produced close games.
The No.6 ranked LSU Tigers come into their SEC home opener looking to knock off a rejuvenated Auburn Tiger squad that has already matched last season’s win total under new head coach Gus Malzahn.
“I think they are as talented as the other teams that you would see come out of Auburn, but I just think they are well prepared,” Miles said in his weekly press conference released by LSU online. “I think they are flying around for their
coach. Shoot, I wouldn't expect it any differently.”
Under center for the Bayou Bengals, senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger leads the SEC in passing efficiency through three games and has thrown for 797 yards and nine touchdowns with zero interceptions.
The former Georgia Bulldog seems to have found a comfort zone under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.
“I think he's (quarterback Zach Mettenberger) understanding what we want, doing the things. I think he's kind of ‑‑ he's geared in and his nine touchdown passes in three games is a school record,” Miles said.
LSU again sports its usual stable of quality running backs and play maker Odell Beckham, Jr. provides an explosive presence both at the wide receiver position and on special teams.
On the other side, Malzahn leads his Tigers squad into Death Valley on the heels of an exciting 24-20 victory over Mississippi State. The win was Auburn’s first SEC victory since the 2011 season.
Junior quarterback Nick Marshall came up huge late, leading the Tigers on a 12 play, 88 yard drive that was capped by an 11 yard game-winning touchdown strike to tight end C.J. Uzomah with 10 seconds left in regulation.
Auburn’s rushing attack has the potential to give LSU issues, but the Tigers will need their defence to improve if they hope to spring the upset on the Bayou Bengals. Auburn’s defence ranks 92nd nationally in total yards allowed.
LSU, who hasn’t lost to Auburn at home since 1999, has recently taken control of this series, winning 5 out of the last 6 contests between the Tigers.
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