LSU (8-0, 5-0 SEC) will take a week off before traveling to Tuscaloosa No. 2 Alabama on Saturday, which defeated Tennessee 37-6 on Saturday, the college game of the year. Nick Saban's Crimson Tide is also off this week. The game time should be announced on Monday.
Starting Tigers quarterback Jarrett Lee was flawless again this week, hitting 14-of-20 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. a 46-yarder to Rueben Randle and a 10-yarder to Russell Shepard. He hasn't thrown an interception since the Mississippi State game, and that was on a pass Randle should have caught. Randle, Lee's go-to-guy now, caught five passes for 106 yards including a 42-yarder from Jordan Jefferson, who was 2-of-3 as a passer.
Freshman running back Kenny Hillard, 240-ponder who was a fullback in past games, added two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 9 yards. Hillard, cousin of former LSU and Saints running back Dalton, reminds Tigers coach Les Miles of Jacob Hester, now with the Chargers.
"This was a momentum that was started at the beginning of the year," said Miles. "We've put ourselves in a position at this point to play a very significant game. It was a nice job and a game well played."
Here's how Tigers defensive end Michael Brockers sees the LSU season to date: "We're focused we've got one thing on our minds and that's to win a national championship. Nobody is going to stop us. Those eight games prepared us for this big-time showdown."
LSU center T-Bob Hebert is happy to be playing in an LSU-Alabama game.
"That's why people comes here," said Hebert. "Why they come to the SEC. They come to play games everybody talks about. To have the opportunity to play in a game like this in two weeks in Tuscaloosa, I can't say how excited I am."
In a series known for close games, this one was an exception. LSU never trailed and Auburn rarely threatened the vaunted Tigers defense, which had 10 tackles for loss including six sacks and forced two turnovers with a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Ron Brooks.
Clint Mosley made his first start at quarterback for Auburn and was sacked six times. The War Eagles could have used Cam Newton in this one.
"They really put the pressure on me and got to me a few times," said Mosley. "I've never seen that much pressure before."
"Six sacks are unacceptable," said Chizik. "You win no football games like that.
"This performance is unacceptable. Auburn people don't deserve this."
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