Saturday, September 20, 2008

It's Game Day

So who's going to win? Well, let's stick with the facts. Here's what we know:

  • The home team has won the last eight games in this series. Tonight's game is at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • The loser of tonight's game has no historical chance of winning the SEC West. Since the SEC went to divisional play, the loser of this game has never gone to the SEC Championship Game. The winner of the game, meanwhile, has played for the SEC championship four times in the past five years.
  • There are two great defenses tonight. Auburn has allowed an average of five points per game this year. LSU has allowed just eight. After Auburn won 3-2 last week, would an 8-5 score really be all that shocking?
  • LSU's offense has stormed out of the gates. The defending champs are averaging 41 points per game -- against Appalachian State and North Texas. This ain't North Texas.
  • Auburn's offense managed just three points last weekend. This ain't Mississippi State's defense.
  • The media is split. Six writers from Sporting News Today all selected LSU to win the game. Meanwhile, ESPN on-air personalities Mike Tirico, Scott Van Pelt, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit all picked Auburn, as did ESPN SEC blogger Chris Low. Desmond Howard, however, did select LSU.
  • There is a strong possibility that there could be more quarterbacks played (as many as five if LSU true freshman Jordan Jefferson plays) than touchdowns scored.
  • The last four games of this series have been decided by seven points or less.

I made my pick early in the week and I decided not to change it. I picked LSU to win 20-10.

What do you think?

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