Associated Press Published: September 20, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — No. 2 LSU (3-0, 0-0 SEC) at Auburn (1-2, 0-1) 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 20½.

Series Record: LSU leads 25-20-1.

LSU can stay on track for a third straight No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup against Alabama with a win in its Southeastern Conference opener. Coach Gene Chizik and Auburn could silence many of their critics by pulling off a big upset after a disappointing start.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU's rushing offense leads the league and averages 269.3 yards a game on the ground. Auburn has allowed a league-worst 217 rushing yards with poor tackling and shaky play in the front seven. It could be a physical mismatch on the interior line, especially, in dealing with LSU's blockers and bruising backs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LSU: RB Kenny Hilliard. The bulldozing back is leading the SEC in scoring with six touchdowns and is third in rushing, averaging 8.2 yards on 37 carries. The 231-pounder takes on a defense that was abused for 231 yards by Clemson's Andre Ellington.



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