It is hard not to look ahead to the Nov. 9 game between Alabama and LSU. That has the potential of pitting the top two teams in the country against each other, and being one of the biggest games of the year. You can't totally count Auburn out of the SEC West race, though.
Gus Malzahn's Tigers are 6-1, with the lone loss coming at Florida. Losing at The Swamp to a good Florida team is nothing to be ashamed of, but a comparison to LSU's result against that same Gators team a week later makes it tough to be too optimistic for Auburn on the road this weekend.
Two weeks ago, Florida fell at LSU 42-28. The game was probably a bit tighter than that score would indicate, but LSU's explosiveness helped them separate down the stretch.
Auburn is likely one of the best defenses that LSU will play this year, but no one has come close to slowing down Joe Burrow and the Bayou Bengal offense.
More details to know ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game:
Game Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET
Spread: LSU -10.5
Announcers: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jamie Erdahl
Somehow, this game seems to be flying under the radar a bit, even with it being a matchup between No. 2 LSU and No. 9 Auburn. There are serious SEC and College Football Playoff ramifications at stake though.
LSU can probably afford a loss, but it would have no more wiggle room to make it to the four-team field. A win over Alabama in a few weeks, and then an SEC title would probably be imperative. That would also require Alabama to beat Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
Even with the loss, Auburn isn't out of it either. The Tigers' loss is not horrible, and a win over LSU could vault them back around the top 5. Wins over LSU and Alabama en route to the SEC Title Game would put Auburn squarely in the College Football Playoff conversation. Throw in a win over Georgia, and maybe even a title game rematch vs. Florida, and the sky remains the limit for Malzahn's team.