Rivals’ Brian Stultz had a great line in his musings on the LSU-Auburn football rivalry saying that Bayou Bengals head coach Brian Kelly “almost seems normal” compared to the Tiger Bowl’s past cast of characters — including current Alabama U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville, the eclectic Cajun Coach O, and Les Miles.
“The game has had interesting characters, from Ed Orgeron to Les Miles to Tommy Tuberville. Heck, in comparison to those three, Brian Kelly almost seems normal,” Stultz wrote. “There have been fires, phantom whistles, corndog jokes, Neck being played and all the other things that have made this game so damn fun on an annual basis.”
The rivalry’s participants have fallen on hard times the past three years, with LSU having a championship hangover for the ages in 2020 followed by both teams falling on hard times in 2021; and the Tigers staying down in 2022. The past two years, however, have produced instant classic games, with each taking the win on the road,
Auburn football could spoil LSU’s season with upset
Oddsmakers give Auburn a minimal chance to come away with the victory in Death Valley on October 14, but if AU somehow upset LSU on their home turf for the second straight battle in Baton Rouge between the two teams, they’d be playing spoiler in a major way.
Despite losses to Alabama and Ole Miss, LSU still has an outside chance to sneak into the SEC Championship if enough chaos takes place by the end of the season; chaos Auburn can cause a lot of by beating both the Crimson Tide and the Rebels.
That dream ceases if it’s AU that takes a 4-2 record. Depending on how that’d look on the field, it could be the Auburn family that comes out of Week 7 with the hope of being that sneaky team to make it to Atlanta.