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Motivation is plenty for No. 5 Auburn against nemesis LSU
Oct. 4, 2014

Nick Marshall looks to have Auburn on the go against LSU on Saturday

By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala.  Rhett Lashlee says the offense can be better. Trying to make that happen is a good goal this football Saturday, though Auburn's offensive coordinator knows there's something else that could get the Tigers going against LSU at 6 o'clock tonight in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Last year's first-half score against LSU in Baton Rouge. Auburn trailed 21-0 at the half and things were as dreary as the weather.
"They whipped us last year, especially in the first half. Our guys should be very motivated to play better in this game," Lashlee said.
The story of the last season now, and even then, was how Auburn didn't quit at LSU and made a game out of it before losing 35-21. It proved to be a pivotal turnaround on Auburn's way to the SEC title and a spot in the BCS Championship Game.
"We saw how a team can come together for one half and that changed the whole season," says receiver Quan Bray. "It really did change the whole program. We saw that if we stick together, we can overcome a lot."
The motivation is plenty this time involving No. 5 Auburn and No. 15 LSU, one of three SEC West headliners this Saturday that involves six Top 15 teams. That's because LSU has beaten Auburn in six of the last eight meetings; the Tigers would likely would move up in the national polls with a win, especially since No. 2 Oregon has already lost this week; everybody wants to keep the momentum of a 4-0 start going in the rough-and-tumble SEC West.
Auburn will be trying to win its 300th SEC game. Coach Les Miles will be trying to win his 100th game at LSU. So much of what happens next revolves around Auburn's offense.
The Tigers are averaging 42.2 points per game and the defense has been solid. Things could even pick up from there.
"We haven't really started doing our pace and really just running plays as fast as we usually do," Bray said.
But standing in the way is LSU and its defensive coordinator John Chavis. He's done as well as anyone slowing down Auburn. The Tigers' seniors know.
"We haven't beaten LSU yet and to come close," Bray said. "Last year was heartbreaking for us. We've got a chip on our shoulder right now to lead this team and definitely in Jordan-Hare Saturday and come out and play ball."
"Obviously," Lashlee said, "they've got great, talented players every year. It's always a great game. Auburn-LSU, and John Chavis has done it for a long time. We've struggled a little bit against LSU in the past."

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