LSU Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers – College Football, October 31, 2020

| October 30, 2020 1:28 am PDT

One of these programs is going to spend Halloween evening mulling over their third loss of the season. Ed Orgeron can’t be happy that his defense is allowing 30 points per game, and it’s safe to say that Gus Malzahn is far from pleased with the production of Bo Nix.

Saturday brings us the 55th iteration of the Tiger Bowl – this edition taking place at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Here’s an LSU vs. Auburn prediction and betting pick.

LSU vs. Auburn Odds

LSU (-3) -110
Auburn (+3) -110
LSU to Win -153
Auburn to Win  +133
Over 66 -110
Under 66  -110

LSU opened as a 2-point favorite in Vegas but that number didn’t last long. The best sports betting sites quickly adjusted and have the Bayou Bengals laying a field goal.

The total started at 60.5 and has been bet all the way up to 66 in some spots. Of course, seeing Ed Orgeron’s group light up the Gamecocks for 52 points last weekend in Death Valley has the public excited about hopping on the over. However, not only are Joe Burrow and Joe Brady gone – along with CEH, Justin Jefferson, and Ja’Marr Chase – but current starting quarterback Myles Brennan is looking like a no-go.

Getting to Know LSU

Based on what we saw last week under the guidance of true freshman TJ Finley, it looks like the Tigers are committed to running the football. Tyrion Davis-Price led the way with a 22-135-1 line, and he’s not the only LSU back set to do damage.

Former 5-star recruit John Emery Jr is also establishing a rhythm, currently averaging a robust 5.8 yards per carry. Terrace Marshall Jr.’s big-play capabilities have been on full display as the junior wideout has caught at least two touchdowns in all four of LSU’s games.

Finley’s immense size (“6’6” and 242 pounds) has many fans in Baton Rouge amped up about this weekend, and there’s no doubt he has the ability to be a force in the pocket. TJ only linked up with his standout tight end (Arik Gilbert) twice in his debut, but look for the freshman-to-freshman connection to start budding quickly.

Getting to Know Auburn

Bo Nix has the tools to anchor a potent offensive attack, but his inefficiencies under center cannot be overlooked. A 58.7% completion rate isn’t sufficient, nor is 221.4 passing yards/game and a 6:4 TD:INT ratio.

Due to Nix’s shortcomings, Malzahn has tried to rely on Tank Bigsby as much as possible. The true frosh enters the Tiger Bowl on the heels of three consecutive 110+ yard games. Bigsby is averaging a hefty 6.4 ypc during that stretch and runs like a man on a mission.

This isn’t a typical Auburn defense loaded with NFL caliber playmakers, although Owen Pappoe and Zakoby McClain have stepped up in the middle level. They need to continue doing so in the wake of K.J. Britt’s thumb injury.

When you consider that Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson both graduated onto the NFL, it’s no surprise that the Tigers defensive line has been unable to apply consistent pressure. That unit is still a work in progress.

LSU vs. Auburn Pick

Easily one of the best college football games to watch this weekend, the 2020 Tiger Bowl could go either way. Frankly, I think Ed Orgeron’s crew will be able to fend of the War Eagle chants, but my LSU vs. Auburn prediction is to lock in the “under.”

The opening number of 60.5 points is much closer to what I believe this total should be, and I’m fully aware of how much LSU’s offense slows down the tempo when Myles Brennan isn’t on the field. Case in point – LSU got off 43.7 passing attempts per game with Brennan at quarterback. They threw just 21 passes last Saturday with Finley in the huddle and ran the ball 54 times.

On top of that, LSU’s biggest obstacle on defense is overcoming proficient passing attacks. Fortunately for Coach O, Auburn doesn’t possess one.

More College Football Predictions on Halloween

Are you on board with my LSU vs. Auburn pick? Halloween is packed with lots of intriguing matchups, several of which you may want to bet on.

Take a look at the following college football predictions and you may see something you like.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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