LSU scouting report: Auburn _lowres

Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray (4) celebrates with Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates, right, after Bray scored a touchdown against Louisiana Tech during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The basics

Kickoff: 6 p.m. Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama


Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana

Series: LSU leads 27-20-1

Last meeting: LSU 35, Auburn 21 (2013)

The opponent: Auburn

Record: 4-0 (1-0 Southeastern)

Best win: Defeated No. 20 Kansas State 20-14 in Manhattan, Kansas, on Sept. 18

Offensive leaders: QB Nick Marshall (41 of 73 passing, 56.2 percent, 548 yards, 6 TDs, 1 interception; 273 rushing yards, 6.5 average, 2 TDs), RB Cameron Artis-Payne (468 rushing yards, 5.4 average, 3 TDs).

Defensive leaders: WLB Cassanova McKinzy (29 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble), CB Jonathon Mincy (27 tackles, 2 1 sack), CB Trovon Reed (2 interceptions).

Rumblings: After coming oh-so-close to winning the BCS championship in 2013, Auburn is rolling again and will be trying to get off to a 2-0 start in the tough SEC West.

The offense — What you don’t want to hear

Dual-threat quarterback Nick Marshall averages 205.2 yards per game rushing and passing and directs an offense that averages 480.0 yards and 42.2 points.

The offense — What you do want to hear

In escaping with a six-point win at Kansas State, Auburn rushed for 128 yards and averaged 2.8 yards per attempt — not the kind of production you’re used to seeing.

The defense — What you don’t want to hear

Auburn has been stingy against the run, allowing just 90.8 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry in four outings — providing a stern challenge for LSU’s running attack.

The defense — What you do want to hear

Auburn has given up more than 300 yards in three of its four games and is allowing 313.2 yards per game.