Auburn faces a stiff test in its first road trip of the season: a Saturday night game against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Vegas recognizes the difficulty, and the good Tigers opened as 14-point underdogs to the bad Tigers, per Odds Shark.
Within hours of opening, the line had already moved 2 1/2 points in LSU's favor at some sportsbooks, bumping the bad Tigers up to 16 1/2-point favorites.
Auburn (3-0, 1-0 SEC) is coming off a last-second, come-from-behind win over Mississippi State to snap a 10-game SEC losing streak, but LSU (3-0, 0-0) has been impressive in the first three weeks. The purple and gold opened the year with a 37-27 win over TCU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and has since bludgeoned UAB and Kent state by a combined score of 101-30.
LSU's defense is impressive enough, allowing 267.7 yards and 19.0 points per game, but the offense has really been the story under first-year coordinator Cam Cameron. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has shined, completing 65.2 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns, zero interceptions and 265.7 yards per contest, and the offense as a whole is putting up 46.0 points and 488.0 yards per outing. That's quite a step up from 29.8 points and 374.2 yards per game in 2012.
Auburn and LSU kickoff from Tiger Stadium Saturday night at 6:45 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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