LSU vs. Auburn: Prediction, pick, spread, football game odds, live stream, TV channel, watch online

Through the years the LSU vs. Auburn rivalry has been defined by many wild and unpredictable games and this season’s edition of Tigers vs. Tigers is loaded with intrigue as well. LSU is coming off of an emphatic 38-0 home win over New Mexico, while Auburn narrowly escaped Missouri 17-14 in overtime in one of the sloppiest games of the season.

There’s no doubt that this is a huge game on both sides. A road win over Auburn will keep the momentum for Brian Kelly’s LSU squad going after it recovered from the Week 1 heartbreaker vs. Florida State. Meanwhile, Auburn coach Bryan Harsin would love to move to 2-0 in conference play and show his detractors that there’s hope that he can turn things around. 

Let’s break down the top storylines in the matchup and make picks straight up and against the spread.

LSU vs. Auburn: Need to know

Auburn’s OL woes: Auburn’s offensive line has been dreadful this year regardless of quarterback. T.J. Finley, Robby Ashford and Holden Geriner have all been under relentless pressure this year. That has to change for Auburn to be successful, but now it’s on its third-string center against one of the best defensive fronts in the country. Auburn has given up 7.25 tackles for loss per game and 2.75 sacks per game, which isn’t a recipe for success. It’s a big reason why the offense ranks No. 13 in the SEC in third-down conversions at 32%. If Auburn can’t block and can’t move the chains, it’s going to be a long night.

Jayden Daniels‘ quiet success: The senior transfer from Arizona State has quietly put together one of the best seasons of any quarterback in the conference. He’s hasn’t thrown an interception, ranks third in the conference in completion percentage (73%) and is second in rushing among signal-callers at 65.5 yards per game (which includes sack yardage). It’ll be fascinating to see how Auburn’s front seven attacks him. Derick Hall is a stud off of the edge and there’s talent at linebacker on The Plains, but the front seven as a whole hasn’t performed anywhere close to expectation. LSU coach Brian Kelly has always been creative with how he uses his quarterback’s legs, so expect him to try to exploit Auburn’s front seven in a variety of ways.

The Harsin factor: Harsin could have been fired as early as last Sunday if the Tigers had lost to Missouri, according to multiple reports, but the 17-14 overtime victory likely didn’t do much to fend off his detractors. The players won’t quit — they want to win more than anybody — but when programs have this much turmoil swirling, it can take a mental toll and send a season spiraling out of control. If Auburn comes out flat, that spiral is likely to continue.

How to watch LSU vs. Auburn live

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium — Auburn, Alabama
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)

LSU vs. Auburn prediction, picks

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I simply don’t trust Auburn’s offense at all, especially against the fast and physical LSU front seven. What’s more, I don’t trust Harsin to use running back Tank Bigsby for a full four quarters; he seemingly forgot that Bigsby existed after the first quarter of last week’s game. LSU will dominate in the trenches and wear down an Auburn team that simply won’t be able to keep up. Prediction: LSU (-9)

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Arsenal vs. Tottenham score: Gunners cruise over 10-man Spurs, maintain position atop the Premier League table

Arsenal have ensured that they’ll spend yet another weekend atop the Premier League after an emphatic 3-1 win over Tottenham in the North London derby. A stunner from outside the box by Thomas Partey was canceled out by a Harry Kane goal for an even first half but Arsenal pulled away in the second period scoring either side of a red card shown by referee Anthony Taylor to Spurs defender Emerson Royal. Mistakes are punished in derby matches, and Saturday it was Spurs who let the occasion get to them.

A howler from Hugo Lloris gifted Gabriel Jesus a goal in the 49th minute and Arsenal wouldn’t look back from there. It was a physical match with both teams walking the of unfair play and generally getting away with it until Emerson Royal’s challenge on Gabriel Martinelli ended up getting him sent off. It was a rash tactical foul, with Emerson going in quite high, the kind of prototypical “orange card” offense that sometimes ends in a red but often leads to a yellow card. Today, however, Taylor’s rope had run out. It’s always up to the player to avoid giving a referee a decision to make in these scenarios, and Arsenal showed Spurs why it’s so critical not to make dumb mistakes. It would only take four minutes for Arsenal to make Tottenham pay.

A resurgent Granit Xhaka got onto the end of a cross from Martinelli to put the Gunners up by two, forcing Antonio Conte into a quadruple sub to save players like Heung-Min Son and Richarlison for midweek fixtures. After defeating Leicester City 6-2 before the international break, the hope was that Tottenham would bring momentum through the time off and into this headline match, but it wasn’t to be as their struggles at the Emirates will continue. Spurs haven’t won at Arsenal’s home since November of 2010 and that wait will continue while the Gunners move closer to establishing themselves as title contenders.

Heading into the season these two teams were expected to battle for fourth place in the Premier League, but with Arsenal now on 21 points through eight matches, they’ve already opened a four point gap on their North London rivals. Even with injuries to key players like Martin Odegaard and Oleksandr Zinchenko at various points this season, Arteta has been able to get results while on Saturday Conte’s side was clearly missing Dejan Kulusevski from their counterattack. Kulusevski picked up a knock while on international duty for Sweden but for Spurs’ sake, hopefully, he’ll be back in the rotation sooner than later.

Are Arsenal title contenders?

Expectations are rising for Arsenal by the week. After suffering a setback against Manchester United in their first true test of the season, Arsenal were able to bounce back and sweep Brentford aside. With a victory in the North London derby, the Gunners have now collected a marquee victory ahead of a busy period of soccer. Arteta has done a good job of getting players like Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos — who he will need during this run — playing time. That will only help Arsenal balance Europa League commitments while keeping the pressure on Manchester City chasing them. With depth players rounding into contributors, it’s hard to keep them out of the pack that could win the Premier League title.

What’s the backup plan for Spurs?

When the counter attack works for Spurs, it can be an absolutely dominant mode of attack, but against top teams, it has fallen flat so far this season. Conte is happy with letting the opposition control possession, since his team is composed enough to keep shots allowed in low percentage areas. But when a team has a player as good as Partey to break that, Spurs need to have another plan. 

When Arsenal grew in confidence, Spurs struggled to put their foot down to push possession. Royal has been important defensive cover, but his limitations going forward leave Conte in a tough spot. Matt Doherty and Djed Spence haven’t been used much this season but each should offer more of an attacking threat if Conte trusts his center backs to defend on an island. Conte also hinted to possibly using a 3-5-2 to gain more control in midfield in his prematch presser and if he doesn’t want to change his right back, dropping an attacker to do that makes sense. With five subs available, it even gives Spurs options for fresh legs off the bench which was needed on Saturday.

The battle of the nines

Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison are battling for the number nine shirt for Brazil at the World Cup and they’re giving Tite tough decisions. Richarlison won a penalty that Kane converted for Spurs’ only goal of the match while Jesus’ work-rate shined as he nabbed a goal. Both players are happy to drop in and defend as well, making them hard to split. Heading into the season, Jesus was expected to get more playing time but Richarlison has made himself indispensable for Conte as his hunger to stay in the starting lineup has forced Conte t