LSU started the season with a solid opponent in TCU, then there was a lull in their schedule as the Tigers welcomed two inferior teams to Death Valley. Now the Auburn Tigers visit Baton Rouge in a battle between two unbeaten teams. LSU has not forgotten last year, where they barely escaped Jordan-Hare Stadium with a 12-10 victory.
The LSU Tigers’ defense is really going to put Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to the test. Auburn has a great rushing attack led by junior running back Tre Mason. LSU will be ready to stop the run. Expect John Chavis to load the box to slow down the Auburn ground attack.
Crowding the box will allow opportunities for Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall to display what he is capable of. If he is throwing the ball well he could put up good numbers and have a great game. Marshall will need to play the game of his life for Auburn to have a chance against LSU, who is favored by two touchdowns.
Nick Marshall has had an average year at best, throwing for 585 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. His meager stat line has come against competition not particularly know for having stellar defenses.
The pressure will be on for Craig Loston, Jalen Mills, and Jalen Collins to perform at a high level. All three are extremely talented and have displayed moments of excellence this season, but have also shown lapses and have given up big plays. Les Miles announced that star safety, Craig Loston will indeed play after sitting out the Kent State game with a leg injury.
The quarterback play for LSU has been one of the main strengths this year. It is hard to imagine Marshall outperforming Mettenberger in this showdown. Zach Mettenberger has thrown for three yards shy of 800 yards in three games, to go along with his nine touchdown passes, eight of which have come in the past two games. Cam Cameron is turning Mettenberger into an elite SEC quarterback, and it is unlikely he will be out-shined on Saturday.
Zach Mettenberger will lead LSU, who should have no trouble putting away the visiting Tigers early. LSU should be able to rest a few starters in the fourth quarter and begin preparing for their road battle with Georgia.