No. 15 LSU (4-1, 0-1 SEC) at No. 5 AUBURN (4-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: Auburn by 7-1/2.
Series Record: LSU leads 27-20-1.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
This is a potential make-or-break game for LSU in the heavily contested SEC West race with five other teams remaining unbeaten. Auburn still has to play each of the other five contenders and is starting a brutal six-game stretch.
LSU’s running game versus Auburn’s defense. With LSU freshman QB Brandon Harris making his first start, tailbacks Leonard Fournette and Kenny Hilliard can play pivotal roles in taking the pressure off. They’ll face a defense that has been stingy against the run, led by a deep group of run-stoppers like defensive tackles Montravius Adams and Gabe Wright.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
LSU: Harris. Jordan-Hare Stadium against a Top-5 team is a tough place for a quarterback to make his starting debut. The highly touted Harris has guided the offense to touchdowns on nine of his last 10 possessions, but this is LSU’s first game at an opponent’s stadium this season.
Auburn: WR D’haquille Williams. Auburn’s offense still features QB Nick Marshall and the running game, but Williams is a dangerous receiver who lines up in different spots and excels at catching the ball across the middle. He’s the biggest threat in a passing game that has been inconsistent.
FACTS & FIGURES
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn calls last year’s LSU halftime a defining moment in the season. Auburn rebounded strongly after a horrible first half to make it respectable and didn’t lose again until the national championship game. LSU has won the last three meetings. … Les Miles is going after win No. 100 as LSU’s coach, a milestone only Charlie McClendon (137) has reached. Miles is 99-25 in 9-plus seasons. … Freshmen have scored 14 of LSU’s 26 offensive touchdowns, and accounted for 20 of them. … Auburn’s defense has allowed 21 or fewer points in four straight games for the first time since an eight-game streak in 2007-08.
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