The LSU vs. Auburn game is finally here, and the SEC standings will never be the same. The outcome will also shake the 2010 BCS rankings, as these are two of the top teams battling for a spot in the college football national championship game this year.
Both LSU and Auburn are 7-0 so far in 2010, both sporting 4-0 Conference records in the SEC as well. It has already been made quite clear that the SEC West is far more dominant than the SEC East this year, and it’s unfortunate that only one of LSU, Auburn, or Alabama has the chance to play in the 2010 SEC Championship Game.
Right now, Auburn is ranked No. 4 in the BCS rankings, with LSU just slightly behind at No. 6. They will both get a huge boost from the computers for this game, as their respective strength of schedule is about to go way up. In the convoluted BCS rankings system, one of the items that works the best is when the computers take the strength of opponents into account, and playing an undefeated team really bumps up that ranking. It’s going to be a touch game for both schools, but Auburn has to be seen as having a distinct advantage simply because they get to host the Saturday afternoon game.
LSU has made a living off of winning games in the fourth quarter this season, and also sports one of the best defenses in college football. They have to, because they are ranked 70th in scoring, and have only scored 187points in their first seven games this year. Working for them, though, is a shut-down defense that has only given up 101 points this year. Despite having a really tough schedule already, and beating Florida, West Virginia, and North Carolina, the toughest games of the season could be back-to-back for LSU. First they play Auburn this week, and then their next game is against Alabama on Nov. 6.
Auburn is almost the complete opposite of LSU this year, posting the sixth-best offense in college football, but a defense that is only ranked middle-of-the-road. They are coming off of scoring 65 points against Arkansas, and already beat South Carolina back in week 4 of the season. They too have to play Alabama on their schedule as the last regular season game in SEC play. The potential is now there for no team to get out of the SEC undefeated, with Alabama likely to beat either LSU or Auburn. After Saturday, though, there will only be one undefeated team left in the SEC, and we will soon see if it is going to be LSU or Auburn in the driver’s seat.
The LSU vs. Auburn game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PT (3:30 p.m. ET) on CBS, this Saturday, Oct. 23.