|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAAFIts the tale (tail?) of two SEC Tigers as LSU visits Auburn on Saturday night. The opening kickoff in Jordan-Hare Stadium is scheduled for 7:00ET and the game can be seen nationally on ESPN.
Auburn (1-2) is not the same team from 2 years ago when Cam Newton led them to a 14-0 record. Last year the Tigers posted an 8-5 mark and are fortunate to have 1 victory this year after dropping its first 2 games and narrowly escaping with a 31-28 OT victory against Louisiana-Monroe last week. Auburn will need a big effort from RB Onterio McCalebb to have a chance against LSU. In their last 5 road games, the Tigers are suffering a 169-81 point deficit.
LSU (3-0), who moved up to number 2 in the rankings last week, may be without starting RB Alfred Blue, who sat out last week with an unspecified injury. Even if Blue can't play, he will be ably backed up by Kenny Hilliard, who had 2 TD's against Auburn last year. This is the Tigers' first road game of the year. They are +140 points ATS in their last 17 games, and are allowing just 47 rushing yards per game.
LSU has a record of 16 straight regular season victories entering Saturday's affair, but Auburn is 5-1 at home in it's last 6 versus the other Tigers. The host has been the ruler in this series, winning 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings. Auburn is 5-0 ATS as the home underdog, but 0-7 ATS when they lose SU. LSU is 12-4 ATS recently, 14-4 ATS in their SEC opening game, and 9-3 ATS against SEC opponents on the road. They are also 8-1 ATS away from home.
LSU is a 20.5 point road favorite on a $110/$100 moneyline. The line opened at -18 for Louisiana State, but the public knows that this could be a blowout, and the line has moved to -20.5 for LSU. The under/over of 49 total points is also a -$110.