GUS MALZAHN: LSU has 'had our number'

The Auburn coach sees an advantage in playing LSU in Tiger Stadium during the day.

HOOVER, Ala. — If LSU football fans weren’t upset enough about the day-time kickoff in week three of the 2015 season, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn added fuel to the fire.

As the first coach to take the podium at the 2015 Southeastern Conference Media Days, Malzahn said not playing a night game at Tiger Stadium was a slight “advantage” due to the purple and gold’s success after the sun has gone down. CBS has already selected that showdown for its 2:30 p.m. time slot.

“You look at their track record, they’re extremely tough to play at their place, especially at night,” Malzahn said. “So it may be a little bit of an advantage that we’re playing during the day.”

LSU played all seven home games under the lights last season with a 5-2 mark in those games. Since 1960, the Tigers are 231-61-4 in home night games, besting a 29-26-3 mark during the day in that time frame.

LSU has also won six of the last eight meetings against Auburn, including a 35-21 win in 2013, Malzahn's first year there. Auburn did get a 41-7 victory last year on the plains, but it has not won in Baton Rouge since 1999.

“They’ve kind of had our number, and even up into last year,” Malzahn said. “So hopefully [last year's win] will give us a little momentum, a little confidence. Tough place to play, but we’ll be looking forward to it.”

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