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Keys to LSU beating Auburn

After one month of football season in Louisiana, LSU coach Brian Kelly will take his 3-1 team on the road for the first time. While Auburn is viewed as one of the weaker teams in the SEC this year, it’ll be a shock to a team that has played mainly in front of its home crowd. Here are the keys to LSU getting its first win on the road

Auburn’s pass rush is its strong suit, so this will be a good test for Jayden Daniels, who coach Brian Kelly believes is getting better at going through his progressions. Daniels’ play will be key for keeping the up-tempo pace of the offense. So far this season, four of Daniels’ receivers have over 100 yards receiving, with Malik Nabers leading the group with 20 receptions for 264 yards. Jaray Jenkins has 13 receptions for 126 yards and three touchdowns, the most of the group.

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LSU has the 12th best defense in the nation, holding its opponents to 257.8 yards per game. In addition, opponents are only converting 33% of their third downs. Auburn’s offense shouldn’t be much of a test for an LSU secondary that gains Joe Foucha — making his first appearance at safety.

LSU’s Achilles’ heel is its special teams. If Jack Bech returns punts, he’ll need to decide better when to fair catch. With Nathan Dibert handling kickoffs, Damian Ramos can focus more on making field goals. He missed a 38-yard attempt last week, while his missed PAT and field goal against Florida State mainly were issues with blocking.

Weird things happen in Auburn, Alabama. While the forecast looks tame, this is still LSU’s first real road game of the season and under coach Kelly. Managing the logistics and the hostile crowd will be new after a month of playing in front of a home crowd.