LSU Star Expects Physical Game Vs. Auburn

LSU star Kyle Williams discusses the big SEC West game as the Auburn Tigers face his LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge, La.--In a battle of Tigers usually won by the home team, LSU senior defensive tackle Kyle Williams is looking to even the score Saturday night at home against Auburn and stay in the race in the West.

"It's always exciting when Auburn coming to town over here," Williams says. "It's a big game for our fans and for our team. We're always excited to play them because it always has big implications on the West."

The winner of the Auburn vs. LSU game has won three of the last four SEC titles.

LSU enters the game with a 3-1 record in the SEC while Auburn is 3-0. With Arkansas, Ole Miss and Mississippi State all winless in the league, the winner of Saturday's contest could battle with Alabama (4-0) for the Western division title. The home team has won the last five in the series.

"It's a typical Auburn team and they're going to come in and they are going to be a physical run offense and set up their pass off of that," Williams says. "We have got to be ready to play a physical ball game with them."

The LSU pass defense was torched early in the year by Arizona State and Tennessee, but has improved significantly over the last few ball games. In the Tigers' 21-17 win over Florida on Saturday, Gator quarterback Chris Leak was held to just 107 yards passing on 30 attempts. The LSU rush defense has been superb all season ranking third in the country and it leads the SEC by a large margin in allowing only 69.8 yards per contest.

"We take a lot of pride in it, especially up front," Williams says of stopping the run. "We feel like if we're on our game we're going to make it difficult for any team to run the ball on us.

"We feel defensively if we can get a team in a one-dimensional game where they feel like they can't run the ball on us and they have to throw the ball then we've got them where we like them, and we can pin our ears back and come after them," he adds.

LSU's Kyle Williams is one of the top players in the SEC.

An interesting matchup to watch Saturday will be how undersized Auburn center Joe Cope fairs against Williams and LSU's other star tackle, Claude Wroten. While LSU's defensive tackles are certainly bigger and stronger, Williams says that Cope still has his advantages.

"He's a quick guy and for what they do that is probably what they need more with a lot of their zone blocking stuff," Williams says. "He's created some mismatches with some of the teams that they've played as far as his quickness.

"It'll be a fun challenge," he adds. "He may not be as physical as some of the guys I've played against this year, but he's definitely as quick as those guys and he is able to use that to his advantage in their offense."

Fans traveling to the game Saturday should probably allow a bit of extra time for traffic in the Baton Rouge area because of Hurricane Katrina. Williams says that life in LSU country is still not business as usual nearly a month after the catastrophic storm that affected the entire state.

"It's definitely not normal yet, but it's not as crazy as it was," he says. "I think it's somewhere in the middle. The traffic is still a little crazy and there are still no hotel rooms in the city for anyone to stay.

"It's not as bad as it was at first," Williams adds. "At first you had thousands and thousands of people and the triage at the P-Mac (Pete Maravich Assembly Center) and at the indoor track where they were living and downtown. It's cleared out some, but it is still not quite back to normal yet. You can still see the effects of the hurricane for sure."

Game time is schedule for 6:45 p.m. CST and will be televised on ESPN.

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