LSU's hopes for an SEC West title took a shot a few weeks ago when the Tigers were upended by Dak Prescott and Mississippi State. Now, change is coming to the LSU offense, and freshman Brandon Harris will start for Les Miles and Cam Cameron. His first start won't be an easy one, however. LSU travels to Jordan-Hare Stadium to take on defending SEC Champion Auburn. Gus Malzahn's team got a scare from a physical Kansas State team two weeks ago. If LSU can play Auburn the way that the Wildcats did, this could be a very interesting one.
Date: Saturday, October 4
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium (Auburn, AL)
Betting Line: Auburn -7.5 via 5Dimes
Prediction: Both of these teams and fan bases can point to the other's game two weeks ago as a reason for optimism. Auburn got a proverbial punch in the mouth from a very physical Kansas State team; of course, playing that type of football is something that LSU aims for on a weekly basis. Two days later, Mississippi State tore up LSU with a powerful rushing attack. Running back put together a startling 197 yard performance on just 16 carries, while Dak Prescott rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries, and each scored a touchdown.
LSU's new quarterback Brandon Harris should act as the wild card in this game. He has looked very good thus far, but starting a game at Auburn is a whole new experience, especially for a young signal caller. We don't expect LSU to pull out a win, but Les Miles' defense has some experience against Malzahn's offense—the Tigers were the only SEC team to knock off Auburn last season—and we think that they can keep things within a touchdown.