Auburn laid an egg in the second half against LSU.
The Auburn Tigers were a trendy pick among college football analysts to eventually emerge out of the SEC as a College Football Playoff participant. What happened Saturday will make that a lot more unlikely.
Auburn came out firing against LSU, taking a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter after two early touchdowns. But the Tigers fell apart from there on, managing only a field goal the rest of the way. LSU cut the lead to 23-14 by halftime and blanked their opponent in the second half.
Jarrett Stidham had a rough game, completing just 9-of-26 pass attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown.
The game seemed to turn on a 75-yard punt return by LSU's D.J. Chark. It cut the lead to 23-21 early in the fourth quarter. From there, the Tigers kicked two field goals.
Auburn is now 5-2 on the season with losses to Clemson and LSU. Even if they won out, they'd have a questionable case for the playoff committee.