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It’s LSU Week, and It’s Going To Be A Battle

By on October 10th, 2017 in Football, News 18 Comments »
Sep 24, 2016; Auburn, AL, USA;  
LSU Tigers linebacker Duke Riley (40) grabs Auburn Tigers running back Kerryon Johnson (21) during the second quarter at Jordan Hare Stadium.  The Auburn Tigers beat the LSU Tigers 18-13. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

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What a difference a month can be in football. Four weeks ago at this time Auburn had just lost an eight-point game to Clemson and followed that up with a lackluster homecoming performance against FCS foe Mercer. Fast forward to today, and the Tigers have climbed to a Top 10 ranking with a 5–1 record (3–0 in the SEC).

A month ago there was a lot of hand wringing amongst the fan base. Today there is a ray of optimism. And there should be optimism. For the first time since Pat Dye walked the sidelines, the Tigers are coming off three straight SEC games won by at least 20 points.

And in last Saturday’s blowout of Ole Miss, running back Kerryon Johnson had a career day, rushing for 204 yards and three touchdowns, while Jarrett Stidham was 14 of 21 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The offense now ranks 3rd in the SEC in total offense and 2nd in the league in scoring. The Tigers have beaten their three league opponents by a score of 144–47. And that opponent total would probably be 27 had all of the No. 1 defense remained in the Ole Miss game throughout the second half.

Still the Auburn D ranks in the Top 25 in just about every category. And it ranks 3rd in the league in that all important category—scoring defense.

Auburn seems to be gelling at the right time as it heads into a road schedule that will not see the Tigers back in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium for five weeks. That means they will not play in front of the home fans till Georgia comes to town on November 11th

Nevertheless, at the halfway point of the season all of Auburn’s preseason goals are still attainable. But make no mistake, the three-game road series is big. The outcome of it will determine if the Tigers remain in the championship hunt.

The first big challenge will come Saturday at LSU (4–2, 1–1 SEC). You can forget about the Corndog’s upset loss to Troy as they will be fighting hard to keep their eight game home winning streak going against Auburn. However, the Orange and Blue Tigers have won 2 of the last 3 meetings, including last year’s dramatic last second victory at home, a loss that still sticks in the craw of Bayou fans.

In that game Auburn led 18–13 with time running out when LSU quarterback Danny Etling found wide receiver D.J. Chark in the corner of the end zone for what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown as the clock ticked down to zero. The LSU bench erupted until the refs announced, “The previous play is under review.”

There were some tense moments until the ruling came that time had expired. Then Auburn’s bench erupted with the victory. It wasn’t the first time Les Miles had mismanaged a game clock, and the Mad Hatter was fired the next day—four games into the season.

So that sets up another big LSU week. And the players sense the urgency. Auburn H-back Chandler Cox expounded Sunday about how important the game will be, “It’s always different just because of the history we have,” said Cox. “You can tell it’s LSU week. It doesn’t matter how many losses they have or how many we have. We are all in this week …”

It’s going to be a battle.”

18 Comments

  1. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    I'm glad this is not a night game. LSU really want this one not only because they felt robbed last year but to make up some for their Troy loss.

  2. domaucan1 domaucan1 says:

    I’m too uptight to type much. This is my Iron Bowl. But,
    WIN or lose, It’s Great to be An Auburn Tiger!!!
    War Eagle !!!
    Go Big Blue!!!
    JUST WIN THIS ONE for me!!!

    • ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

      We are flying down to the Big Easy on Friday morning. Taking a shuttle to/from the game on Saturday. Royal Sonesta on Bourbon Street before and after. Flying back to ATL on Monday morning.

      So, @domaucan1, I hope your “Iron Bowl” proves to be a successful one!! We will certainly do all we possibly can!

      WAR EAGLE!!!

  3. SisBoomBah says:

    Great to see your post domaucan1! I’ve been missing your input – I don’t post much myself but always enjoy following along with the discussion. Really appreciate that you always bring us back to the fact that it is “great to be an Auburn Tiger” regardless of the outcome of a game.

    That said, could not agree more with your comments on the LSU game. For those of us Auburn Tigers deep behind enemy lines amongst the Bayou Bengals, this win will be huge! Maybe even a chance to break the Gris Gris they put on us after the Cigar Game…

    Hope your Saturday afternoon is AU-some!

  4. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    LSU got a huge boost last week as Coach O was able to squash some of the rhetoric about his being inept as a coach in LSU’s win over Florida. LSU got their defense revved up and shut down Florida’s anemic offense.

    I am concerned about our O line play. Will we get manhandled at the line of scrimmage in Baton Rouge like we have done in the past? At best, we are erratic in our run game. If I were coach O I would try to mimic what Clemson did. And if AU can’t run… that means LSU is going to blitz, blitz and blitz again. Get used to Stidham being on his back all night long.

    LSU can’t win by just their offense. It’s only mediocre. It doesn’t have the play makers they have enjoyed in the past. And in my opinion, their offense is not impressive at all. Specifically because they don’t have a quarterback. If the game can be won by LSU…. it will be done by the Tiger defense.

    Malzahn can do a lot by convincing his critics that he can win big games. He has to get this team ready to play. Especially the offense! But the defense as well. Feed them red meat… start playing loud vulgar music… what ever he has to do to get this team to be explosive. And then let them do their jobs… don’t turn them off regardless of the score. Regardless of how LSU is ranked… if you don’t think the corn dogs are going to be up for this game… he is crazier than they are.

    This is a game that will show Auburn as either a legitimate top ten team with rights to be in the play offs… or just another predictable pretender.

    This will be all out nuclear war. There will be blood. And if there isn’t…. it will be bad news bears 2017 for the boys in blue and orange.

    Regardless… WDE!

  5. friedca friedca says:

    I’m sitting here at work on a Tuesday and my brain can’t think of anything but Saturday. I hate LSU. I’ve never had a positive experience with a fan or an alum. At least with Bama their alums tend to be decent people, hell even Georgia alums are some of my closest friends. LSU, nothing. I don’t want to beat them, I want to crush them. We have the advantage on both sides of the ball, time to take it to them. War Eagle!

  6. meathead530 says:

    I don’t think will be a battle. Maybe it’ll be close the first quarter, then Auburn takes off. Final score will be 35-13 Auburn.

  7. jlobailey says:

    I’ve seen several people saying, “Don’t be fooled by the Troy game. LSU is a good football team.” I agree that LSU is a good football team, but I think Troy is a good football team too (maybe good enough to finish 2nd in the SEC East). So, when LSU loses to Troy and narrowly beats Florida, I don’t think that it was LSU stinking and then rising to their true potential. I think both performances left the viewer with an honest appraisal of LSU’s talent and potential. All that being said, I think Auburn is superior to LSU on offense, defense and special teams, and the game Saturday should not be close. I’m a bit spooked by Death Valley, but Auburn should handle this LSU squad regardless of the venue.

  8. sparkey sparkey says:

    As many of you know, I detest LSU. This is my Steel Bowl. I can think of nothing sweeter than beating these guys at their own field. I hate their carpet, I hate their chandelier, I hate their furniture and everything outside of their house. I hate their dog. If they don’t have a dog, I will go buy them a dog, tell them they have a dog, then go to their house and tell them I hate their dog. Their corn dog that is. I hate those guys. I hate them more than I hate Bama. People say hate is such a strong word. I say, in the case of LSU, it isn’t strong enough.

    Now, I have to ask a favor of anyone reading this. Especially you AubTigerMan and Jay Coulter and the Col. and the regulars. I know I have plugged my podcast before, and I sincerely apologize in doing it again. We are going to do another tonight reviewing the Ole Miss game and I want to challenge anybody to listen to it.

    PLEASE, do not pass over it because of my negativity. I promise you the two guys that are on the show with me put me in my proper place very often so don’t think it is a negative show. In fact, it is extremely positive as I am often told to shut up and be funny. 😛

    Anyway, I want you guys to listen and give us a chance. We spend several hours each studying film of each and every game. If you hate to listen to me, simply mute me while I talk. If you think I don’t know anything, you probably are right. Regardless, the other two, Lex and Kasey, are too good for them not to be heard. Thank you everyone and God Bless!

  9. sparkey sparkey says:

    https://widget.spreaker.com/player?episode_id=13008212&theme=light&playlist=false&playlist-continuous=false&autoplay=false&live-autoplay=false&chapters-image=true&hide-logo=false&hide-likes=false&hide-comments=false&hide-sharing=false

    There is our Ole Miss Review! We will do our LSU preview on Thursday night! I hope you guys enjoy and please leave a comment and share away! We work really hard on this thing!