LSU vs. Auburn
Prediction: Auburn +23.5 (October 22nd 2011)
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Here we have quite possibly the LETDOWN GAME OF THE WEEK. The kids from Baton Rouge show up barely #1 in the BCS pissing off Little Nicky and the Tide backers. Not to worry Tide, early November is not far off the calendar. For LSU, the Saturday afternoon sun brings Auburn into Tiger Stadium, where the home unit leads the SU series 24-20. Last year Auburn defeated LSU 24-17 behind 440 yards of rushing offense. Gone from that team is QB Cam Newton, but the 5-2 start this season has some experts giving great respect to the few recruiting classes of HC Gene Chizik (32-26). Auburn survived a very injured Florida last week 17-6 in game that booked just seven completed passes for the War Eagles. With a very fast offense, but limited over top, their chances of winning here are very slim, especially considering the REVENGE MOTIVE for LSU. Les Miles is 97-38 SU as the LSU head coach and now approaches the most critical part of the 2011 season. The next three of five games, include Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas. Statistically on defense, the Tigers are #4 nationally holding opponents to 251 yards per game, while running up only 369 yards per game (#80) on offense. Recently, QB Jordan Jefferson has been squeezed back into the lineup in certain run and option situations giving opposing defenses more complex coverage issues. Without question Miles has played the tedious morale card wisely, touting the Lee/Jefferson roles as “dual” in nature. LSU stopped Tennessee 38-7 compiling 260 yards on the ground over 5 yards per carry. They should have the same success Saturday rolling up yards and a victory in another celebratory affair in front of Mike VI. However, we caution when laying your hard earned dollars this time, as LSU is looking down the barrel at their #1 BCS ranking and a bye week, no less a date with Alabama on November 5th. No matter, what technical trends or systems you can locate in the free world, EMOTION is the winning angle on Saturday with the line movement accruing even more value. Good Luck. Get more college football picks from Brad Diamond at Touthouse.com.