Louisiana Tech at #5 Auburn Tigers Preview and Predictions

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Aug 30, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs place kicker Kyle Fischer (39) warms up before the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Interesting Facts

  • After allowing 150 rushing yards in the first half of the first game against Arkansas, Auburn has allowed opponents 27 points and 108 rushing yards in the last 10 quarters.
  • Gus Malzahn’s first game at Auburn as offensive coordinator came against Louisiana Tech in 2009. The Tigers gained 556 yards of offense (255 pass, 301 rush) and outscored the Bulldogs 24-3 in the second half en route to a 37-13 season-opening win. Auburn would go on to finish 8-5 and win the Outback Bowl.
  • Louisiana Tech has a lifetime record of 9-70-2 against SEC schools (0-11-1 against Auburn, 3-2 against Alabama, 0-3 against Arkansas, 0-2 against Florida, 1-18 against LSU, 3-8 against Mississippi State, 2-8 against Ole Miss, 0-4-1 against South Carolina, 0-2 against Tennessee, 0-11 against Texas A&M and 0-1 against Vanderbilt).

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    • Auburn’s win over Kansas State was their first road win against a non-conference team since beating Virginia in 1997, and their first road win against a ranked non-conference team since beating Florida State in 1984.
    • Louisiana Tech hasn’t beaten a ranked team since December 2, 2005, when the Bulldogs defeated #22 Fresno State in California, 40-28.
    • Louisiana Tech’s last win against an SEC team came on November 12, 2011, when the Bulldogs demolished Ole Miss in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, 27-7. The Rebels finished that season 2-10 and hired Hugh Freeze as head coach.
    • Auburn’s 55 rushing yards in the first half against Kansas State were the fewest the Tigers have had in any half under Gus Malzahn.