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Monday, June 22, 2015

What Must Auburn Do: LSU

 2015 Auburn Football Schedule
Date Game Location Time

09/05/15 vs. Louisville TV Atlanta TBA
09/12/15 vs. Jacksonville State TV Auburn TBA
09/19/15 at LSU TV Baton Rouge TBA
09/26/15 vs. Mississippi State TV Auburn TBA
10/03/15 vs. San Jose State (HC) TV Auburn TBA
10/15/15 at Kentucky TV Lexington TBA
10/24/15 at Arkansas TV Fayetteville TBA
10/31/15 vs. Ole Miss TV Auburn TBA
11/07/15 at Texas A&M TV College Station TBA
11/14/15 vs. Georgia TV Auburn TBA
11/21/15 vs. Idaho TV Auburn TBA
11/28/15 vs. Alabama TV Auburn TBA
SEC Championship

We have looked in depth at what these Tigers must accomplish to be a better football team. First we looked at the defense, then the offense.

It's the time of year when the players are working with their strength and conditioning coaches, and participating in voluntary workouts. This is where team chemistry, and trust, the two essential building blocks of any successful team are built. 

We are looking at each opponent on our schedule with the eye of a Tiger. Next up: Louisiana State University
They're big, they're fast, they're LSU. What else is new? I mean, really. The Bengal cats have been extremely good under Les Miles the entire time he has been the head coach at LSU. 

Since taking the helm of the Bayou Party Barge in January of 2005,  Miles has averaged over 10 wins per season, totaling 103 victories. LSU leads the series vs. Auburn 27-21-1

The defense will be led by Kevin Steele after the defection of long time DC John Chavis to Texas A&M

So, what must Auburn do to win this big conference match up? Our Tigers must perform the way they did last season in this match up. In 2014 Auburn played its best and most complete game against LSU.

It's expected that Jeremy Johnson, Auburn's starting QB will be more of a passer than Nick Marshall who led the Auburn attack the previous 2 seasons. Against this LSU secondary, Johnson will need to be near perfect. Auburn's receivers will need to catch every ball that comes near them.

Mixing the run and the pass will be key. Sustaining long drives, keeping the ball away from LSU's offense, and scoring every possession is a must on the road. It will take all of the effort Auburn can muster to win in Baton Rouge. 

Defensively, our Tigers will have to stop Leonard Fournette, and keep the running game below their potential average. Make the Bengal Tigers play 2nd and 3rd downs with long yardage. 

Auburn's defense must make the LSU offensive line try and hold the AU defensive line back, when they will keyed on the passer. With the rotation the Auburn coaches use, this will be one key area to watch. 

Auburn's secondary must not let LSU make big plays offensively. Sure open field tackling will be required, and our best pass defense of the season to this point will be a must.

Most importantly, when on the road in conference play Auburn must not allow their opponents to stay in the game by having stupid penalties. Keep the penalties to a minimum, and we can win this game. I think we do just that.

Call it Auburn 38 LSU 27

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