LSU vs Auburn: Running Backs Tale of the Tape is David vs Goliath

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The game on Saturday night will feature teams that use a duo of running backs. The LSU Tigers have been known for running the football in their history, however, since Clyde Edwards-Helaire left it has been a shell of their former selves. To say they struggle to run the football would be an understatement.

Looking on the opposite side of the ball, Auburn runs the ball at will. Their young running back room is getting six yards or more every time they touch the football. This is a tall task for the LSU defense, slow down the run game and force them to take to the passing game.

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When looking at the numbers, you may wonder why LSU keeps trotting out Davis-Price. He dealt with injuries throughout camp and it will likely be ongoing through the season. Kiner has been more impactful but head coach Ed Orgeron is very bullish about Ty Davis-Price remaining as the starter.

To show how abysmal the running game has been for the LSU Tigers, Auburn averages more yards after contact (3.6) than LSU does total (2.86). Once again we are looking for improvement in the run game. Last week against Mississippi State, the Tigers gave up 115 yards to the second-worst rushing attack in the conference. How do you think they will do facing the No. 2 rushing attack that gets 7.04 yards per attempt?

The running back comparison:

Ty Davis-Price

Corey Kiner

vs

Tank Bigsby

Jarquez Hunter

6-1

5-10

Ht

6-0

5-10

232

213

Wt

208

202

Junior

Freshman

Class

Sophomore

Freshman

40

27

Carries

65

36

123

144

Yards

403

382

3.1

5.3

YPC

6.2

10.6

101

120

YAC

225

142

0

2

TDs

4

2

1

0

Fumbles

1

0

If Auburn is able to run the ball they might be able to slow down the LSU passing attack in that they will see the field less. Running the football and wearing down the defense will keep Max Johnson and Kayshon Boutte on the sidelines, which bodes well for the visiting team.

One key matchup to watch when the game kicks off Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.