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ESPN Releases Prediction for LSU vs. Auburn

Gus Malzahn gives the thumbs up after a big Auburn play.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 25: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after a touchdown by the Alabama Crimson Tide was overturned after review during the fourth quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The SEC will get it's first real test of the season, as LSU and Auburn are set to battle in one of the best matchups on this weekend's slate.

Both teams already have signature wins this year, as Auburn defeated Washington and LSU dismantled Miami in the opening week of the season. However, they'll need a monumental victory within their conference to strengthen their playoff hopes.

As many would expect, the home team is the favorite in this matchup, as ESPN's FPI gives Auburn a 74.2 percent chance to win.

It'll be hard for Jarrett Stidham to crack LSU's stingy defense, but the No. 7 Tigers are currently averaging 42.0 points per game. Last season, Auburn lost in Death Valley, as they crumbled late in the fourth quarter.

ESPN's score prediction for LSU vs. Auburn.

Auburn and LSU will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday from the Jordan-Hare Stadium.

CBS will broadcast the SEC West showdown.