TIGERS TIMES TWO

AUBURN, LSU FACE OFF IN DEATH VAL­LEY IN KEY SEC TILT

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KEYS FOR AUBURN

De­fend the edge. One of the rea­sons LSU pre­sum­ably hired Matt Canada as a high-priced of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor af­ter last sea­son was to im­ple­ment the sort of things he did last year at Pitts­burgh — in­volve a lot of play­ers in the of­fense and use jet sweeps to great ef­fect. Fi­nally un­leashed last week, the Tigers looked like they were run­ning Canada’s of­fense. Stop­ping plays to the out­side is a pri­or­ity this week for Auburn. Carry on, Ker­ryon. Coach Gus Malzahn has found him­self a work­horse back in Ker­ryon John­son, who has rushed for 11 touch­downs over the last three games. As a point of com­par­i­son, he had 11 touch­downs all of last sea­son in 182 rush­ing at­tempts. Fresh off a 204-yard day against Mis­sis­sippi, John­son fig­ures to be the cen­ter­piece of the Auburn of­fense as it heads into Death Val­ley.

KEYS FOR LSU

Don’t waste scor­ing

chances. No one is go­ing to sug­gest this LSU team is the most ex­plo­sive bunch that’s ever graced Ba­ton Rouge. But while it isn’t sta­tis­ti­cally bad at much, one thing stands out — red zone of­fense. The Tigers are tied for 116th na­tion­ally, scor­ing just 72.7 per­cent of the time they get in­side the 20. With Auburn wield­ing a qual­ity of­fense, LSU can il­laf­ford to squan­der what­ever chances it cre­ates.

Si­lence Stid­ham. It’s sim­ply a fact of life that Auburn is go­ing to run the ball a lot, and it will prob­a­bly en­joy some suc­cess in that area against just about any­one. But if QB Jar­rett Stid­ham gets go­ing — and though Auburn is 70th na­tion­ally in pass­ing yardage, it is 13th in pass ef­fi­ciency — it will surely be a long night for LSU. Tak­ing away big plays in the pass­ing game is a must for Ed Org­eron’s team.

PRE­DIC­TION

Auburn 23-13. The last time Auburn came to Death Val­ley and left with a vic­tory was 1999. That means LSU held serve at home against the SEC West’s other Tigers through­out the Nick Sa­ban and Les Miles eras. LSU looked bet­ter in last week’s tri­umph at Flor­ida, but that also came against a team with of­fen­sive lim­i­ta­tions.

[THOMAS GRANING/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

Auburn run­ning back Ker­ryon John­son car­ries the ball dur­ing the first half of a game against Mis­sis­sippi Oct. 7 in Auburn, Ala.

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