An argument can be made that the best football in the nation is being played in the SEC West, where five of the six teams are ranked this week. The top two, No. 5 Auburn and No. 6 LSU, square off at Auburn on Saturday in a contest that will give the winner an inside track to the SEC Championship Game. Both teams still have to face defending national champion Alabama, however, so the winner shouldn't book hotel rooms in Atlanta just yet. The West will be more defined following this epic tilt, but it won't necessarily be won.
Auburn enters the game as a six-point favorite. Auburn is 7-1 against the spread in its last eight games as a home favorite of seven points or less. LSU boasts just an 11-25-3 mark against the number in regular season games since Week 4 of 2007. The betting trends point to Auburn's Tigers in this one.
In four SEC games, LSU has 11 touchdowns as a team. In four SEC games, Auburn's Newton has 15 touchdowns (10 rushing, five passing).
With Newton at the controls, Auburn's offense looks very difficult to contain. And as good as LSU is, it surrendered 29 points to a mediocre Florida team in its last road game, thanks mostly to a shoddy offense that left the defense in bad spots. Another effort like that, and this one will be over early. LSU has to hope for a low-scoring affair, because despite Auburn's defensive struggles, LSU is not capable of scoring a lot of points. With an emotional home crowd watching, Newton enjoys another big day and Auburn cruises.