In a crazy Saturday of college football, Auburn was able to stay out of the drama and crushed LSU at home 41-7.
LSU came into the game with a freshman quarterback getting the first start of his career, and you could tell. Brandon Harris was never able to get anything going on offense. He consistently missed receivers and was eventually benched for sophomore Anthony Jennings after the game was out of reach. Harris finished the night with only three completions for 58 yards.
Nick Marshall silenced critics about his ability to throw. He completed 9 out of 14 attempts for 207 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 119 yards on the ground and two scores.
Wide receiver Sammie Coats seemed open the whole night, racking up 144 receiving yards and hauling in a 56 yard touchdown. The LSU defense was vulnerable and exposed, and let Auburn have their way with them.
With the win, Auburn moves to 5-0 and a no. 2 perch in the AP Poll. The Tigers have a huge test next week on the road against Heisman hopeful Dak Prescott and the no. 3 Mississippi State Bulldogs. The bout will surely have implications on the outcome of that division, offering the Tigers a chance to get ahead while their counterparts tear each other down.
LSU has lots to work on as they prepare for an away game against the Florida Gators. After Harris’ performance, it is clear that the quarterback battle is still ongoing and it looks like it we won’t see a decision any time soon.
After this weekend, the SEC West is still very much up in the air. This looks like the most competitive division in college football and it will be interesting to see it all unfold over the next few weeks.
*Section photo credit to Chris Graythen, Getty Images; Featured photo (above) credit to Shanna Lockwood, USA Today Sports.