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Deke: Early look at LSU-Auburn

Aw, it's on now!  All of the other games don't matter anymore.  Now it's all about conference play.  This weekend Tiger Stadium will be popping as the #6 ranked LSU Tigers host Auburn in the SEC opener for LSU.
 
Auburn is currently 1-0 in league play after a 24-20 come-from-behind win over Mississippi State.  Now the last two weeks the Tigers have played, well let's tell the truth, not-so-good of opponents.
 
But anytime you step into the SEC you better not half step, if you know what I mean.  Already we have heard Coach Les Miles praise the play of this week’s opponents.
 
Coach Miles says that the play of Auburn QB Nick Marshall has been solid in the Tigers first three games of the season.  "He can run it and he can throw it.  He has the ability to extend plays and he is a very good player," Miles said.
 
Auburn QB Nick Marshall has completed 43 of 70 pass attempts for 585 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.  Marshall looked as if he began to get more comfortable in the Tigers offense last week as he led his team down the field for the game winning score.
 
Auburn is sporting a 3-0 overall record, which includes a 1-0 mark in SEC play.  The Tigers also have wins over Washington State (31-24) and Auburn beat Arkansas State 38-9 in their second game of the season.
 
Auburn is 9th in the SEC in scoring offense with an average of 31 points per game.  The Tigers defense is 4th in the league allowing only 17.7 points per contest.  They are eighth in total offense with an average of 440.3 yards per game, the Tigers are fifth in the league in rushing averaging 238.7 yards per game and the Tigers are 12th in the SEC with an average of 201.7 passing yards per game.
 
The Tigers defense has struggled at times through the first three games of the season.  Auburn is currently 12th in the SEC in total defense with an average allowed of 433.7 yards per game.  They are ninth in rushing defense allowing 157.3 yards per outing and the Tigers are dead last in pass defense giving up on average 276.3 yards per game.
 
The Auburn pass defense will certainly have their hands full this week going up against the conferences’ fifth-best passing attack in the LSU Tigers.  And Auburn's pass defense will be looking at a QB in LSU Zach Mettenberger, who leads the conference in pass efficiency with a 205.3 mark.


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09/18/2013 9:18AM
Deke: Early look at LSU-Auburn
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