An Auburn Game halfway through the season. Not the beginning of the season like it has been. I keep on thinking of a good time to play Auburn during the year and I realized there is never a good time to play Auburn. Especially Auburn coming off a bye week. Auburn Jesus has no seasonality, he shows up whenever he feels like.
And so I am not taking this game lightly, but in reality that is gonna be the vibe for every game the rest of the season. I’m glad JD is full go in practice, but bruised ribs are bruised ribs. It is one thing to finish a game with them high on adrenaline. It is another task to feel that pain all week and enter a game with it. The team will have to carry parts of his game I feel like.
And this series has been wild and meaningful for the last two decades. One defining aspect of this game is the play of the D Line. Auburn is one of the few schools in the country that has attracted top tier talent on the front, and it has allowed them to jump up and bite the big dogs every once in a while with UGA and Bama. I don’t see that high tier this year, but I do see the bye being an advantage of fresh legs and fresh looks in play calling.
But I also saw a difference in the LSU D Line in the 2nd half against Mizzou. Particularly with Smith. Is he getting into form and into game shape? Is Jefferson doing a good enough job of preventing double teams all game for Smith? Is Pete Jenkins that freaking good at his job? We will need the D Line to continue to improve and shut down this Auburn offense that isn’t the strongest force.
A Harold Perkins interception, a Maason Smith sack and a Bradyn Swinson strip sack. What do they all have in common?— Glen West (@glenwest21) October 8, 2023
They all came on third down. Breaking down LSU’s success in getting off the field. (VIP) #LSU https://t.co/esggorYmAc pic.twitter.com/ZvMKA7d5z4
Those stats are promising
Maason Smith w/ a breakout performance along #LSU's D-Line:— Lonn Phillips Sullivan (@LonnPhillips) October 8, 2023
4 Pressures (1st)
3 QB Hurries (1st)
1 Sack (tied 1st)
1 PBU (tied 1st)
He played angry https://t.co/uUxFKg3LTz @therealmaasonn pic.twitter.com/Quxvfca1qG
I don’t agree with every spot we are asking him to play, but I do agree this is absurd
COVERING LUTHER BURDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!