September 20, 2008

A lot at stake for Auburn-LSU

The coaches know it. The players know it. And the fans too.

Saturday night's showdown between No. 10 Auburn and No. 6 LSU is big, real big, and will go a long way in determining the winner of the SEC West and who will play in the SEC Championship game Dec. 6.

The winner of the AU-LSU game has gone on to play in the Championship game in Atlanta six of the past eight years. Since the SEC split into divisions and added the title game 16 years ago, the loser of the AU-LSU game has never played for the Championship.

"It is a huge game and we get ready for this game year round," AU head coach Tommy Tuberville said. "It is a game we have been looking forward to since last year, and we understand that we came up a little short.

"But it will be a hard-fought game between two teams that understand each other, and two teams that have been some of the better ones in this conference for a while."

The home team has won the last eight games in a row including LSU's last-second 30-24 win in Baton Rouge last year. But the last time LSU beat Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium was 1998.

The nation's eyes will be on Auburn Saturday. ESPN Gameday is televising their show live Saturday morning in front of Jordan-Hare. ESPN will be airing the game in primetime, with kickoff scheduled for 6:45 p.m. CT.

In addition to both teams having a lot at stake Saturday, linebacker Tray Blackmon says this is traditionally one of the most physical games on AU's schedule.

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