Watch the video above for publisher Ben Love's takes on an expanded role for Brandon Harris, plays to made in the secondary for Jamal Adams and what more blitzing might mean for LSU middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith against the Plainsmen.
And below are a trio of expectations from recruiting analyst Hunter Paniagua, including one apiece pertaining to the starting quarterbacks in this pivotal SEC West showdown.
1. Jeremy Johnson's struggles will continue against this LSU defense.
LSU didn't force a turnover against Mississippi State, but that will change with Jeremy Johnson coming to town. He's thrown more interceptions-per-attempt than any quarterback in college football, and the LSU defense will feast on Johnson's mistakes. I expect a lot of different stunts and blitz fakes to confuse Johnson, baiting him into throwing easy interceptions. I predict LSU will come down with at least two picks against Auburn on Saturday.
2. LSU will have two 100-yard rushers.
I'm expecting another heavy dose of Leonard Fournette against Auburn. If LSU's leading in the second half, it'll do exactly what it did a week ago, and that's give the ball to No. 7 and tell him to keep wearing down the opposing defense. He'll get another 25-plus carries and should he maintain his current averages, he'll easily surpass the 100-yard mark. The other big rusher I'm predicting — Brandon Harris. LSU has seen on film Auburn's struggles stopping the read-option. It's part of LSU's offense now with Harris, and they'll lean on it. Harris did well at keeping against Mississippi State, and he'll have another solid game on the ground with more than 100 yards rushing.
3. Maea Teuhema will start and play the entire game.
Teuhema made his case last weekend that he's very ready to handle real SEC duty despite being just a freshman. He played significantly better than Josh Boutte did against the Bulldogs, and he'll be rewarded with his first career start on Saturday. Barring injury or some forced substitution, Teuhema will play every offensive snap for LSU and further solidify himself as LSU's left guard.