Auburn is looking to make history tomorrow. Gus Malzahn is searching for the program’s first win in Tiger Stadium since 1999. To put it simply, Death Valley hasn’t been kind to the Auburn Tigers. LSU will need to do a few specific, but simple things in the game to claim victory.
The first key is quite obvious if you’ve at all been watching this team. Ed Orgeron must get improved offensive line play for Danny Etling. LSU’s young and inexperienced line has opened little holes and provided minimal time for the offense. Orgeron also said yesterday that Toby Weathersby, Will Clapp and K.J. Malone are all “questionable,” meaning there’s a chance three freshman start on that offensive line. In order to beat the No. 10 team, there’s no doubt LSU will need a breakout performance from that unit.
Derrius Guice, although still “gimpy,” will need a vintage-like game against Auburn. Nothing will spark some energy into the crowd more than a long run from No. 5. Thus far in the season, LSU fans haven’t been able to enjoy the Derrius Guice that we’ve come to know and love. However, Orgeron said he’s had a “good week of practice” and will be ready to go tomorrow.
LSU will need 102,500 screaming fans. There is no doubt that the crowd MUST have an impact in this game. LSU’s young talent, who has seemed to get easily exhausted, needs to be fueled and re-energized by Tiger Stadium’s roar. If LSU wins this game, the crowd noise will have made a considerable impact in that outcome. Death Valley must come alive.
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