LSU vs. Auburn is a Week 5 SEC West showdown between a pair of Tigers trending in opposite directions. The game will take place at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night at 7 p.m. Eastern time and can be seen on ESPN.

LSU vs. Auburn preview

Let’s get the biggest topic of discussion out of the way first. Could this be Bryan Harsin’s final game as Auburn’s head coach?

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It seems possible, especially if Auburn falls to an SEC West foe at home to drop to 3-2 on the year. But, it’s also possible that the school waits a while to pull the trigger even if Auburn loses this contest.

So, what chance does LSU have to pull off the road victory? A pretty good one, it seems.

Jayden Daniels has been electric as LSU’s quarterback this year. He’s thrown for 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. He also has 2 scores as a runner.

Yes, he needs to get the ball to Kayshon Boutte more. The star LSU receiver missed last week to attend the birth of his child, but he should be back in the mix this week.

Meanwhile, Auburn’s QB situation is in flux. Zach Calzada is out for the year with a reported shoulder surgery. TJ Finley also has a shoulder injury that will reportedly keep him out this weekend against his former team.

That leaves Robby Ashford, who started last week against Mizzou, as the presumed starter. Freshman Holden Geriner, who played a bit last week when Ashford was banged up, will be the top backup.

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Obviously, that means we should expect a heavy dose of the running game, featuring Tank Bigsby and Jarquez Hunter. But, after a strong start last weekend against Mizzou, those guys were bottled up pretty well. LSU will look to follow a similar formula.

Is there enough Jordan-Hare magic left after last weekend to pull off another big-time victory for Auburn? We’ll find out on Saturday night!

LSU vs. Auburn prediction

Mizzou had a chance to really put Bryan Harsin’s future at Auburn in jeopardy last week, but blew the game in epic fashion. Don’t expect LSU to shoot itself in the foot quite as often (or in such extreme ways). Jayden Daniels has been taking care of the ball well and the defense is playing some of its best football of the year.

Expect the LSU version of the Tigers to do what the Missouri version couldn’t and escape Jordan-Hare with a victory.

Prediction: LSU 27, Auburn 23