Matchup numbers: How the offense and defense matchup for LSU-Auburn

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With the game set to kick-off just hours from now, one final look at the matchup of the two Tigers. A look at how the offense and defense matchup when each team has the ball.

When LSU has the ball

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LSU Offense vs Auburn Defense

Per Game

LSU

SEC Rank

Auburn

SEC Rank

Total Yards

377.5

12th

284.3

4th

Scoring Offense

34.5

9th

15.5

4th

Passing

297.5

5th

185.0

8th

Rushing

80.0

13th

99.3

4th

Third Down Conversion %

38.2

11th

34.6

8th

Red Zone TD%

80

2nd

70.0

12th

It has been a struggle for the LSU offense in terms of total yards and running the football. They are just ahead of Mississippi State in yards per game, they are last in yards per attempt. They need to convert on third down to keep the Auburn offense on the sideline. They are one of the best when they get into the red zone, but the offense needs to sustain drives to give them opportunities.

For Auburn, it is all about slowing down the LSU passing attack with Max Johnson and Kayshon Boutte. Their defense will face a formidable passing game for the first time this season. While they allow a high red zone touchdown percentage, teams haven’t scored a lot against them. The numbers are a bit skewed with games against Akron and Alabama State. This will be a massive test for Bryan Harsin’s defense.

When Auburn has the ball

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Auburn Offense vs LSU Defense

Per Game

Auburn

SEC Rank

LSU

SEC Rank

Total Yards

484.3

3rd

345.5

11th

Scoring Offense

44.0

3rd

22.8

11th

Passing

227.3

9th

237.5

12th

Rushing

257

4th

108.0

5th

Third Down Conversion %

38.2

11th

46.97

13th

Red Zone TD %

64.3

9th

66.7

10th

When Auburn’s offense takes the field, it will be strength vs strength when it comes to the run game. Auburn is 4th in the conference in rushing yards and LSU’s defense is top five in the SEC with just over 108 yards per game. If Auburn can’t run the football effectively, it could cause problems for their offense. They haven’t shown to be a big-time offense when it comes to throwing the football.

For the LSU defense, can they force bad decisions by the Auburn quarterbacks? This season they are +3 in turnover differential. They took the ball away twice to help lead the team to the win against Mississippi State. The defense must slow down the Auburn duo of Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter to force Bo Nix or TJ Finley to throw the ball and give their DBs a shot to take the ball away.