LSU vs Auburn: Prediction, Selection, Spread, Football Match Odds, Live Stream, TV Channel, Watch Online

LSU vs. Auburn is one of the main rivalries in the SEC because it has a long history of wild and unpredictable games. And it’s no surprise that the 2022 edition of Tigers vs. Tigers is also full of intrigue. LSU is coming off an emphatic 38-0 home win over New Mexico, while Auburn narrowly escaped Missouri 17-14 in overtime in one of the most botched games of the season.

There’s no doubt that it’s a huge game for both sides. A road win over Auburn will keep the momentum going for Brian Kelly’s LSU team after recovering from the Week 1 heartbreaker against Florida State. Meanwhile, Auburn coach Bryan Harsin would like to go 2-0 in conference and show his critics there’s hope he can turn things around.

Let’s break down the main storylines of the game and make direct and counter-spread picks.

LSU vs. Auburn: Need to Know

Auburn’s setbacks at OL: Auburn’s offensive line has been abysmal this year, regardless of quarterback. TJ Finley, Robby Ashford and Holden Geriner have all been under relentless pressure this year. That has to change for Auburn to succeed, but he’s now on his third-string center against one of the best defensive fronts in the country. Auburn gave up 7.25 tackles for loss per game and 2.75 sacks per game, which is not a recipe for success. It’s a big reason the offense ranks 13th in the SEC in third conversions at 32%. If Auburn can’t block and can’t move chains, it’s going to be a long night.

The quiet success of Jayden Daniels: The senior transfer from Arizona State has quietly put together one of the best seasons of any quarterback in the conference. He hasn’t thrown an interception, ranks third in the conference in completion percentage (73%), and is second in rushing among flaggers at 65.5 yards per game (which includes sack distance) . It will be fascinating to see how Auburn’s front seven attack him. Derick Hall is a standout stallion and there’s talent at linebacker on The Plains, but the front seven as a whole haven’t performed up to expectations. LSU coach Brian Kelly has always gotten creative with how he uses his quarterback’s legs, so expect him to try and exploit Auburn’s front seven from different manners.

The Harsin factor: Harsin could have been fired as early as last Sunday had the Tigers lost to Missouri, according to multiple reports, but the 17-14 overtime win likely did little to fend off his critics. Players won’t give up – they want to win more than anyone – but when schedules get so hectic it can take a mental toll and send a season spiraling out of control. If Auburn comes out flat, this spiral is likely to continue.

How to watch LSU vs. Auburn live

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan Hare Stadium — Auburn, Alabama
TV: ESP | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)

LSU vs. Auburn prediction, picks

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I just don’t trust Auburn’s offense, especially against LSU’s fast and physical front seven. Also, I don’t trust Harsin to use running back Tank Bigsby for four full quarters; he apparently forgot Bigsby existed after the first quarter of last week’s game. LSU will dominate in the trenches and wear down an Auburn team that just can’t keep up. Prediction: LSU (-9)

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