NCAA Football – Week 4
A pair of Tiger teams are going to be meeting up in a classic SEC West showdown that will surely have National Championship implications, as the Auburn Tigers host the LSU Tigers.
The Bayou Bengals are clearly the best of the Tigers in the SEC this year, and that should show on Saturday night at Jordan Hare Stadium. Yes, this is the first road game for QB Zach Mettenberger, but it isn’t the first road game for so many of these experienced defenders, who are clearly amongst the best in the nation. Three straight wins have started off the campaign, and they have largely come by basically whatever score LSU has wanted to win by. The better the foe, the more impressive the defense has been. Mettenberger has now completed 72.7 percent of his passes this year for 609 yards with four scores and two picks, and though this is going to be his biggest challenge, Head Coach Les Miles will tell you that he should perhaps be completing over 80% of his passes with all of the drops that his receivers have had. This is still one of the deepest teams in the land, and it is a squad that isn’t going to go down lightly to any team in America.
Auburn has a lot of problems right now. Everything is just seeming to cave in around Head Coach Gene Chizik. Yes, he won the BCS National Championship two years ago, but since that point, his quarterback, Cam Newton has gone on to the pros and become one of the elite young signal callers in the game, his top running back, Michael Dyer has gotten himself kicked out of school, and his genius of an offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn has left for Arkansas State. What’s left is a man that really looks a lot like the suspect hire that Auburn fans figured that they were getting when they brought in a guy from Iowa State that really never did anything remarkable in his entire career. The Tigers lost to the Clemson Tigers, lost to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and darn well should have lost to the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks. The team just isn’t all that talented, and Chizik is starting to look like he is going to have a 4-8 type of team this year.
We saw it happen last week in Fayetteville when the Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Arkansas Razorbacks, and we might see it again here in Auburn. LSU is just the clearly superior team, and it isn’t going to let its foot up off of the gas pedal at halftime as we saw against the likes of Idaho and North Texas. The Bayou Bengals are going for blood in a venue in which they just haven’t played well in recent years, and they’ll get just that in a dominating, one sided performance. LSU 44 – Auburn 7