There are a handful of big games on the docket for this weekend. None might be bigger than Auburn-LSU.
A program like LSU doesn't often sneak up on people, but the 12th-ranked Tigers might be a surprise team this fall. They throttled Miami in the season opener before shutting out Southeastern Louisiana last weekend.
Auburn, ranked 7th in the AP Poll, isn't going to shock anyone this year. The Tigers were ranked in the top 10 entering the season and are expected to contend for the SEC West title.
How big is this game? Well, Paul Finebaum said on ESPN's First Take today that he thinks the loser of this one is "done."
“It’s really important because, if you lose the game on either side, you’re done,” Finebaum said, via 247Sports. “Because you still have to play Alabama in your league. You still have to play Mississippi State, which is good. They went on the road and beat Kansas State, which isn’t a bad win. You don’t survive this and have much of a chance unless you start knocking people off.”
Last season, LSU upset Auburn in Baton Rouge. It is a game the visitors would have liked to have back when the season ended, as it was their only regular season loss and helped keep them out of the College Football Playoff.
The home team has won the last five meetings in this series. LSU is the last team to register a road victory, beating Auburn at Jordan-Hare in 2012.
Not surprisingly, this is the SEC's marquee matchup in Week 3. Thus, it will be televised at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS, with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson on the call.
It should be a barnburner.