Auburn vs. LSU Spread Prediction
The big matchup in the SEC on Saturday pits Auburn versus LSU at 3:30 p.m. ET. With Auburn listed as a double-digit favorite, will they cover for bettors or is the value in the underdog LSU?
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, September 15, 2018
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, Auburn is a 10.5-point favorites to beat LSU. The total, meanwhile, sits at 44.5 points. As of this writing, 66% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on LSU.
NFL Draft Network's Ric Serritella lists LSU junior LB Devin White as the one of the top prospects to watch in Saturday's contests between Auburn and LSU. White has received his fair share of accolades coming into the season -- and after these first two weeks -- and Serritella joins in the chorus. As he notes, White already has 19 tackles this season after making a whopping 133 in 2017. "While naysayers will be quick to point out his lack of height, observers should be able to recognize that this Tigers' heart outweighs his size (6'0/240)," Serritella writes. "He appears destined for the first round whenever he decides to head to the next level."
Jarrett Stidham completed 6-of-11 passes for 113 yards and a score in Saturday's 63-9 win over Alabama State. This was a simple game that didn't require Stidham (6'3/215) to do anything. Auburn simply just ran the ball all over the Hornets, and let Stidham hand the quarterback keys to the backups. After a big win against Washington in the opener, Stidham and the Tigers are in contention to make an appearance in the college football playoffs. To get there, Stidham will need to beat a stingy LSU defense next week.
The LSU Tigers are 7-2 against the spread in their last nine road games and 7-2 against the number in their last nine games overall.
The Auburn Tigers are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five conference games.
I surmise that public bettors are taking the points with LSU because of the team’s upset victory over Miami in Week 1. That said, the Tigers were actually outgained in that game and turned around last week and played uninspired against Southeastern Louisiana. Quarterback Joe Burrow had his moments versus the Hurricanes but he has yet to complete more than half of his passes and didn’t look to be on the same page with his receivers a week ago despite a favorable situation (I guess outside of the Hail Mary he completed before halftime). Meanwhile, Auburn beat Washington in Week 1, is at home, has the defense to give Burrow and Co. fits, and should move the ball once that LSU defense starts to wear down.
College Football Prediction: Auburn Tigers -10 (buy hook)