Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The last time LSU played a meaningful game at home was back in 2019. After a 2020 season controlled by the COVID-19 virus, Tiger Fans should be itching to make the 'Valley Shake' on Saturday night when #22 Auburn comes to town.
It's been one of the biggest and craziest rivalries in LSU football history and this game should be no different then one's in recent history, especially after Auburn handed the Tigers their worse loss in the history of the series last year on the plains, 48-11. There's no doubt that Ed Orgeron has made sure that his players remember last season's embarrassing defeat all week long, putting a chip on the team's shoulder and revenge in their minds.
Since the ugly week two win over McNeese, the Tigers have shown steady improvement each week which is a very
encouraging sign. But this team still has a way to go. The improvements MUST continue as the meat of their schedule starts now against Auburn.
Look for the Tigers to once again go fast and furious on offense against a very tough Auburn defense. If LSU can sustain just a decent running game to go with their explosive air attack, Auburn will be in for a long night. Saturday night will be the first time the Tigers will have their entire starting offensive line back since the UCLA game. They must protect Max Johnson.
I'm expecting the LSU defense to have a great night. They must win the line of scrimmage and stop the Auburn running game. Tank Bigsby is a very good running back who is tough to bring down. Make Auburn one dimensional, then do what you do best, rush the passer, harass him, and get sacks.
Derek Stingley will not play, but the rest of the secondary is healthy and hungry to make plays. With former LSU quarterback T.J. Finley possibly taking the field for Auburn at some point in the contest should add extra to the Tigers revenge factor.
As I sit here typing this in the Tiger Stadium press box, watching the Tigers warming up on the field, 60 minutes to kickoff, I watch the stadium slowly begin to fill. I think LSU will make a statement tonight on national television with a huge victory, showing that they will be a team not to be taken lightly the rest of the season.
The fans must get behind this LSU football team and make Death Valley electric and LOUD tonight. Help raise the Tigers to the next level by feeding off your energy...... 'LET THE VALLEY SHAKE!!!'
PREDICTION: LSU 31, Auburn 20