The football game was as expected. Lots of Auburn players were able to participate in this game. Many among the scout team, most of the heralded young back up personnel received lots of playing time.
My Top 3 players in this game, that do not see lots of playing time, from both sides of the ball are as follows:
OFFENSE - Nick Brahms, Griffin King, Harold Joiner.
DEFENSE - Chandler Wooten, Jamien Sherwood, Richard Jibunor
I know what you're thinking. How are Anthony Schwartz and Shaun Shivers not on that list? Mostly because they have played in both games, and after their play this week, I expect to see a whole lot more of both.
My game ball goes to Daniel Thomas. A pick six from 28 yards, and another interception are evidence enough for that award.
Next up is LSU.
LSU is the second year of Coach Orgeron. Much like the teams improvement each season is usually biggest from week one to week two, most coaching staff improvements come from season one to season two.
Coach Orgeron replaced his offensive coordinator during the offseason with an old friend to LSU, Steve Ensminger. Ensminger is also the QB's coach at LSU.
The RB most used so far this season is Nick Brossett. Auburn's defensive coordinator Kevin Steele had this to say about Brossett:
"I don't question him, he’s got great vision, he’s got a lot of power, he’s a patient back and he’s got vision to see it. He’s a very good, talented young man."**
Both defensive lines are good. REALLY GOOD! LSU can recruit. Always have. So much so, College Football news had this to say in their preseason preview of the Bayou Bengals:
"And LSU is LSU, so the secondary has NFL talent – Greedy Williams might be a top ten pick and the first corner off the board in the 2019 draft – and has some of the best linebackers in the country. The three man defensive front will be deep enough to be great, too."***
Not much hasn't happened or been written about this rivalry. From Barn burnings to Earthquakes, and so much more. The oddsmakers in Vegas are listing Auburn as a double digit favorite. They maybe have never watched these two teams when they are facing each other. Yet Auburn seems to be more intent. More focused than I have seen an Auburn team since the 2010 team rallied around Cam.
I expect to see a hard fought game with the outcome still in doubt into the fourth quarter. Give Auburn the edge because they are at home.
I see Auburn 33 LSU 20
** from Brandon Marcello at 247Sports
*** from College Football News