LSU vs Auburn College Football Week 3 Lines & Prediction.

LSU vs Auburn College Football Week 3 Prediction

Written by on September 13, 2018

The marquee matchup in Week 3 of the college football season is No. 12 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, with the winner presumably the main challenger to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC West. Oddsmakers expect that to be Auburn as it is nearly a 10-point betting NCAAF lines favorite vs LSU.

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Last Season

LSU rallied for a 27-23 upset of Auburn – that was Auburn’s last loss before the SEC Championship Game vs. Georgia. D.J. Chark returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Culp kicked field goals of 42 and 36 yards inside the final three minutes, and LSU erased a 20-point deficit. LSU’s defense improved dramatically in the second half when it allowed no points and just 64 yards.Kerryon Johnson rushed for 156 yards and a short TD for Auburn. Johnson is now in the NFL. So is Chark. Jarrett Stidham completed 9 of 26 passes — although some crucial ones were dropped — for 165 yards and one TD, a 49-yarder to Will Hastings for Auburn.

Why Bet on LSU?

LSU opened with an upset of Miami and then beat SE Louisiana 31-0 last week. The Tigers forced three turnovers and held Southeastern Louisiana to 65 rushing yards. All-America LB Devin White had his 9th career double-digit tackle game vs. SE Louisiana. He ranks third in the SEC in tackles with 9.5 a contest. LSU had 10 tackles for loss in the game.By holding Southeastern Louisiana to 65 rushing yards, LSU has held opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards 12 times (in 27 games) since Dave Aranda took over as defensive coordinator in 2016. LSU is 12-0 in those games.Along with its stellar defensive performance, LSU was led by running back Nick Brossette, who had 137 of LSU’s 184 net rushing yards on 19 carries. Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 10-of-20 passes for 151 yards with two touchdowns. Burrow also ran for a touchdown, as did running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. LSU placekicker Cole Tracy continued his perfect start in 2018, as the senior transfer made his only attempt from 50 yards. He’s made all five of his field goals and all seven of his PATs.In 23 games under Ed Orgeron, LSU has gone without a turnover 12 times. Dating back to last year, LSU has turned the ball over only one time over the past 16 quarters, which includes no turnovers in 2018. LSU is 13-0 under Orgeron when the Tigers feature a 100-yard rusher (6-0 in 2016, 5-0 in 2017, 2-0 in 2018.This is only the third time in school history that LSU will face a pair of Top 10 opponents in the first three weeks of the season. LSU opened the year with a 33-17 win over then-No. 8 Miami. LSU played two Top 10 opponents during first three weeks of the season in 1995 and 1981.

Why Bet on Auburn?

The home team in the LSU-Auburn series has won 16 of the last 18 meetings dating back to 2000 when Auburn beat LSU 34-17 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. LSU won 27-23 last year in Tiger Stadium. Prior to the 2008 game, the last time a road team won in the series came in 1999 when Auburn posted a 41-7 victory over LSU in Tiger Stadium.Auburn (2-0) beat a very good Washington team in Week 1 and then trounced Alabama State 63-9 last week. Running the ball more effectively was a point of emphasis for Gus Malzahn after the Tigers rushed for 147 yards in their opener. They responded with 429 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns against Alabama State.Redshirt freshman JaTarvious Whitlow led the way with 122 yards on 14 carries while true freshman Shaun Shivers added 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Auburn is now 12-0 under Malzahn with two 100-yard rushing performances in the same game; the last time was Kerryon Johnson and Kam Martin vs. Georgia Southern last season.LSU vs Auburn is one of the best games in College Football Week 3.Defensive tackle Derrick Brown is expected to play Saturday against LSU despite a minor injury. Brown is a second-year starter at defensive tackle for Auburn and is projected as a high NFL Draft pick next spring. The junior is fourth on the team with six tackles through two games, including one sack and a quarterback hurry.Auburn has won 13 straight home games for the eighth time in program history. The current streak started with a 2016 win over LSU. It’s the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the nation. The Auburn record is 30 consecutive home wins between 1952-60. During the current home win streak, the Tigers have outscored opponents 539-143, a scoring margin of 30.5 points per game, and defeated five ranked teams.Auburn is 48-31-5 all-time in SEC openers since 1933, and 21-4 over the last 25 SEC opening games. Auburn is 55-24-2 all-time in its SEC home opening games.

NCAA Football Week 3 Odds Overview & Top Picks

Latest LSU vs Auburn College Football Week 3 Betting Trends

  • Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Auburn
  • Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings
  • Louisiana State is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Louisiana State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Louisiana State’s last 7 games on the road
  • Auburn is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Auburn is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Auburn’s last 18 games when playing Louisiana State

Expert Prediction for LSU vs Auburn

Auburn wins but it will be close – take LSU and the points (perhaps buy up to 10.5).