Of course the main reason to back LSU in this one is the Tigers defense, third in the nation and first in the conference. Opponents are averaging only 14.4 point per game this season against LSU.
But if anybody can unlock a defense it's Auburn Superman Cam Newton. The 6-foot-5, 250--pound quarterback is seemingly unstoppable (he reminds me of Archie Manning at Ole Miss).
Has Les Miles done what no other coach has done: Figure out a way to stop Newton. No one has stopped him yet, but this is the fastest, most physical defense Auburn has faced. LSU can mix blitzes and apply pressure..
Prediction: LSU won't need the five points as the Bengals win this one in an upset.
Other College weekend college predictions: South Florida +7 1/2 over Cincinnati; UTEP -10 over Tulane; Notre Dame - 6 `/2 over Navy; Ohio State -24 over Purdue; Alabama -17 over Tennessee; Georgia -3 over Kentucky; Mississippi State -21 over UAB; Iowa -7 over Wisconsin; Miami -7 over North Carolina; South Carolina -12 over Vanderbilt; Missouri +3 over Oklahoma (best bet); and Ole Miss +9 1/2 over Arkansas.
LSU coach Les Miles said putting a "spy" on Auburn quarterback Cam Newton is not the answer. Miles said in Wednesday's SEC teleconference, that concentrating on him would upset the balance of his defense and allow other players to hurt the Tigers; effort. "When he dishes the ball, when he throws it or hands it off, it's a very talented group."...Miles on being called 'lucky": "Luck is usually the product of hard work. I prefer to be lucky. That's met with some earnest preparation and some hard work. Guys that get lucky, maybe they work hard. I kind enjoy that. I hope it continues."...My thoughts in passing: Some 98 per cent of the time I'm right. Why worry about the other half?...The cynics are right 11 of 10 times...
by Ed Staton