LSU freshman quarterback Brandon Harris is capable of throwing three interceptions and fumbling twice or tossing four touchdowns for 350 yards in his first start. Either way, LSU’s defense — the interior, specifically — is the key in this one. Auburn is likely to take the same approach as Mississippi State: spread out LSU and run right up the gut. But LSU has Harris slinging it this time around. He’ll give LSU a chance.
Auburn 37, LSU 30
History tells us this is a crazy series full of plot twists and unbelievable finishes (some bordering on the absurd). So what would be more unbelievable than freshman Brandon Harris making his first college start in a hostile environment and throwing for two TDs and running for one? It could happen ... then again, it’ll be wasted if LSU’s defense doesn’t play lights out.
Auburn 30, LSU 24
LSU coach Les Miles talks about winning in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams. It’s true. Offensively, LSU needs Brandon Harris to play quarterback beyond his years. Defensively, LSU has to play smart, disciplined, assignment football. And even punter Jamie Keehn has to play keep away from Quan Bray. LSU will give its best effort yet but won’t spring the upset.
Auburn 31, LSU 20