Mar 25, 2023
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Week Three SEC Predictions
Last week's predictions were 9-3, overall they are 21-5. The battle between two ranked teams will be on CBS at 2:30 pm CT. When LSU visits Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday, it will be the 12th time in the last 18 meetings that the teams will meet while both are ranked. LSU leads the all-time series 29-22-1. Auburn leads 12-7 in games played on the Plains.

LSU at Auburn

Saturday's contest is the SEC opener for both teams. In SEC openers, Auburn is 48-31-5 all-time, including 21-4 in its last 25.

LSU is 2-0 after a big victory over Miami in its season opener, and a win over SE Louisiana last Saturday. Led by quarterback Joe Burrow, LSU averages 145.5 passing yards per game, and 32 points per game.

On the ground, running back Nick Brossette is the main guy and after two games, has 41 carries for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

So far this season, LSU's defense has been stingy, allowing just 8.5 points per game. Probably the best cornerback in the country, Greedy Williams, tied for the SEC lead with six interceptions last season and could grab a few more on Saturday against a pretty young group of Auburn receivers.

Also back on defense from a year ago is linebacker Devin White. He led LSU with 133 tackles last season, second in the SEC and most among returning players. He already has 19 tackles and a forced fumble on the young season.

Auburn also enters Saturday's contest at 2-0 after victories over Washington and FCS opponent Alabama State. After struggling some on the ground against the Huskies, the Tigers racked up 440 rushing yards against the Hornets. Freshman JaTarvious Whitlow led all rushers with 122 yards on 8.7 yards per carry, while freshman Shaun Shivers added 117 and a touchdown on 13 carries.

The running game looks to keep moving in the right direction against LSU. The success against Alabama State isn't really a good thing. A few young backs got some experience on the field but LSU's defense is a different beast. Running the ball against LSU will be key if Auburn wants to start SEC play at 1-0.

Led by quarterback Jarrett Stidham, Auburn averages 205.5 passing yards per game, 493.5 yards of total offense, and 42 points per game. Receivers Will Hastings and Eli Stove saw action against Alabama State after both had ACL surgeries about six months ago. They give experience and a boost to the receiving unit.

Auburn's defense was the talk in the offseason and so far has lived up to the hype. As a unit, the Tigers allow 74.5 rushing ypg, 227 passing ypg, 301.5 total ypg, and 12.5 ppg. The defensive front had four sacks against Alabama State and looks to add more Saturday against LSU.

Prediction: Auburn 20-14.

Murray State at Kentucky

Prediction: Kentucky 30-10.

UTEP at Tennessee

Prediction: Tennessee 40-17.

Vanderbilt at Notre Dame

Prediction: Notre Dame 31-13.

Colorado St at Florida

Prediction: Florida 17-13.

North Texas at Arkansas

Prediction: Arkansas 37-9.

Alabama at Ole Miss

Prediction: Alabama 30-14.

Mid Tennessee at Georgia

Prediction: Georgia 45-6.

Louisiana at Miss St

Prediction: Miss St 50-6.

Marshall at S Carolina

Prediction: South Carolina 36-7.

UL Monroe at Texas A&M

Prediction: Texas A&M 27-10.

Missouri at Purdue

Prediction: Purdue 24-21.