Sept. 19, 2013
Auburn has beaten LSU just twice in Les Miles’ eight seasons as head coach and hasn’t won in Baton Rouge since 1999. But there is a reason Miles said on the radio Wednesday night that “they are going to come compete, and it’s going to be a great game.”
He said it because it’s usually true.
It wasn’t a great game in Baton Rouge two years ago when LSU won 45-10 in Clint Moseley’s first start as Auburn’s quarterback, scoring four touchdowns in the last five minutes of the first half and first five minutes of the second. And it wasn’t a great game in Baton Rouge in 2009 when Auburn quarterback Chris Todd was having arm problems and LSU won 31-10.
Every other game has been fiercely competitive.
Auburn’s five missed field goals in 2005, a violent showdown in 2006, a bizarre call for a last-second LSU touchdown in 2007, a last-minute LSU comeback in 2008, Cam Newton’s Heisman gallop and Onterio McCalebb’s 70-yard sprint to the winning touchdown all left their marks in the rivalry between Auburn and Miles’ LSU.
Last season, a team headed for a dreadful season lost 12-10 to LSU and had every chance to win the game. Had it not been for a fumbled punt, Auburn probably would have won the game.
The bottom line: Six of eight games between Auburn and Miles-coached LSU teams have been decided by seven points or fewer.
The Tigers of Auburn and Tigers of LSU will match unbeaten records Saturday at Tiger Stadium. I was surprised last season that the game was close and competitive.
Even in the cauldron of noise that is Tiger Stadium, I will be surprised Saturday night if it isn’t.
It’s a big weekend for Auburn soccer and volleyball. The soccer team opens SEC play against Kentucky at the Auburn Soccer Complex on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, the volleyball team plays Florida State at Auburn Arena. That’s a big deal to Auburn players and coaches. …
Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah on athletes being stereotyped as poor or indifferent students:
“Obviously, you don’t like the stereotype that you don’t care about an education, you don’t want to go to class. We go to class. We are always in class. Some people aren’t attentive, but most of us are. You try to do your best. We are there and get to see how many people don’t show up some days. How can you say that about us if you’re not even there? It’s upsetting, but people have their opinions.” …
Uzomah on battling back from last season’s disappointment:
“It was tough. It was real tough. I think that’s why we are so focused and so excited that we are on the rise. Coming into this year, we really wanted to prove ourselves. We’ve been saying it’s a new day. We want to show people it’s a new day.”
Until next time …
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: