Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of previews of Auburn’s 2015 football opponents.
The annual battle of the Tigers takes place in Death Valley this year, although unlike with most of Auburn’s trips to Baton Rouge this game will not take place at night.
The scheduled 2:30 p.m. kickoff may come as a relief to Auburn fans because Tiger Stadium has the reputation of being one of the most challenging venues to play in once the sun goes down.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was looking at a heated battle for the starting QB job between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris, but with Jennings’s recent arrest the opportunity for Harris to seize the job is present. However, the workhorse of this team remains unchanged. Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is a preseason Heisman contender, and he is looking to build off of a freshman season in which he rushed for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns.
With coordinator John Chavis departing for Texas A&M, LSU will need to re-establish a defensive identity under new coordinator Kevin Steele. He is known for developing NFL-caliber linebackers and he has two quality ones to work with in Kendell Beckwith and Lamar Louis. Beckwith made 76 tackles with two sacks and he returned an interception for a score.
Also new to the LSU defense is a name well known in SEC football circles with former Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron returning to the league to coach LSU’s defensive linemen.
Since the turn of the century the Auburn vs. LSU game has often had a major impact on who wins the SEC West, but last year neither team was in contention for the title in the closing weeks of the regular season.
Les Miles returns as head coach at LSU.
When Les Miles and company play host to Auburn on Sept. 19 you can be sure LSU’s head coach will remind his players about last season’s 41-7 shellacking the Bayou Bengals suffered on their visit to Auburn.
Top Offensive Player: Sophomore running back Leonard FournetteTop Defensive Player: Senior linebacker Kendell Beckwith
Quick Fact: Since 1960 LSU has a 79 percent winning percentage in home games at night (231-61-4). During the day the Tigers record is 29-26-3 in that span which equates to 53 percent.
2014 Results: 8-5 (4-4 SEC)
Sept. 5–McNeese State at LSU
Sept. 12–LSU at Mississippi State
Sept. 19–Auburn at LSU, 2:30 p.m. CDT
Sept. 26–LSU at Syracuse
Oct. 3–Eastern Michigan at LSU
Oct. 10–LSU at South Carolina
Oct. 17–Florida at LSU
Oct. 24–Western Kentucky at LSU
Nov. 7–LSU at Alabama
Nov. 14–Arkansas at LSU
Nov. 21–LSU at Ole Miss
Nov. 28–Texas A&M at LSU
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