O-Line ready for battle with Auburn

A lot has happened this week as the No. 6 LSU Tigers prepare for No. 3 Auburn. Monday was the five year anniversary of 9/11. Keith Zinger was released from the hospital for a stomach ailment. A power outage almost crippled Baton Rouge, and LSU prepared for some team called Auburn.

The hype around the nation is all about separation Saturday, and LSU could be the biggest sports story Sunday morning if Les Miles can leave the plains with a victory.

           

Saturday should be an event to see, but the story could be how both teams got there and the familiar faces to see.         

           

For LSU, the focus of the offseason was the offensive line. Offensive tackle Will Arnold was the only returning lineman, leaving an inexperienced yet talented group to lead.

           

So far in 2006 the offensive line has improved great from game one to game two, and that is all Arnold cares about.

           

"We went out there and started off the game better," Arnold said. "Just playing better as a group. Our opponent was more of a test. It's good that we got two games in, because last week out opponent was better and this week we are going to have to be better."

           

Arnold likes that the team was able to get two games out of the way before the big showdown. He said he likes the hype of a big game week, and that he is looking forward to Auburn.

           

"You're going to be pumped up and ready to go," Arnold said. "There will be a little more talking on the field. More emotional for sure. It's going to be a different feel. You always look at Auburn as a tough team. Playing last year was a tough grind. Have to play every snap."

           

This year's matchup will offer something different than other Auburn games from the past. Will Muschamp, LSU's defensive coordinator under former head coach Nick Saban, is now occupying the same job in Auburn. Players, coaches and fans are excited about the contest.

           

"Playing against Muschamp will be an advantage because we know what is coming," center Bret Helms said. "We just have to keep our heads on straight and not worry about the crowd. The toughest thing is figuring out what fronts they have and what blitzes are disguised. I think the line has come together. We made a lot of improvement from the first game to the second."


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