Auburn’s SEC opener in two weeks will also be an opportunity for the Tigers to exercise some demons.
In a bid to win at Baton Rouge for the first time since 1999, Auburn and LSU will kick off Week 5 at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN, the SEC announced Monday morning.
The game will mark the series’ first night game since 2016. It’s also Auburn’s last kickoff in any game since hosting Clemson in the 2016 season opener at 8 p.m.
Auburn haven’t won on the road against the Bayou Bengals in 22 years, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had their chances even recently. Two years ago, Auburn played Joe Terrier and the eventual national champions closer than anyone all season in a 23-20 loss. In 2017, Gus MalzahnThe team opened up a 20-0 lead in the first half before collapsing and losing to an LSU team that had lost to Troy two weeks prior.
Last season, Auburn’s most impressive win of the year was a 48-11 victory over LSU on Halloween afternoon. Strategist TJ Finleywho was traded to Auburn in the offseason, had three turnovers, and Bo Nix had 381 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns.
In Ed OrgeronLSU’s fifth full season is 2-1, with blowout wins over McNeese State and Central Michigan, and a road loss to UCLA. Since winning a national title in 2019, LSU is 7-6 and hasn’t beaten a ranked team.
After losing 28-20 at Penn State, Auburn fell just one spot in the AP poll to No. 23.
LSU leads the all-time series 31-23-1 and has won 12 of the last 18 since 2003.
Auburn closes its non-conference roster on Saturday against Georgia State (2:30 p.m. CST, SEC Network). For the remainder of the regular season, Auburn’s schedule alternates between home and away games each week.