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Auburn photo by Todd Van Emst / Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix celebrates with fans after last Saturday's 51-10 victory at Arkansas. Nix had not been born the last time the Tigers won at LSU, which is where they play this weekend.

Updated with more information at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2019.

Auburn's football program has defeated Alabama five times in Tuscaloosa since last prevailing in Baton Rouge.

Let that factoid sink in.

LSU's Tiger Stadium has been a house of horrors for numerous visiting teams throughout the years, but nobody has endured more pain recently than Auburn, which last won there in 1999. That predated Y2K, the Nick Saban era in Baton Rouge, the chaotic Bush-Gore election and the Auburn tailback tandem of Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams.

Gus Malzahn has lost three times at LSU as Auburn's head coach and twice as its offensive coordinator.

"I don't have to bring it up because everyone else brings it up," Malzahn said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "You know and our guys know. At the same time, from a coach's standpoint, every year is different and it doesn't matter what happened in the past. You've got an opportunity, and you've got to go seize it.

"So that's really as simple as it gets as far as our approach."

Auburn's 20-17 loss at LSU in 2005 went into overtime and featured five missed field-goal attempts by normally reliable Auburn kicker John Vaughn. LSU won the 2007 game 30-24 on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Matt Flynn to Demetrius Byrd with one second remaining. Two years ago, Auburn raced to a 20-0 lead only to fall 27-23.

There also have been games that weren't so close — remember former Auburn safety Tray Matthews taking an unsuccessful piggyback ride on Leonard Fournette in 2015?

"Obviously the home-field advantage is huge, no question," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday during his news conference. "We won there (at Auburn) last year (22-21), so we must have bucked the trend a little bit. Although they haven't won here, I don't think it means a hill of beans come Saturday. I know they're not listening to it. My team better not listen to it.

"This is a good football team, and it will be a big matchup."

Auburn's last win at LSU was a 41-7 rout that was highlighted by former Central High School kicker Damon Duval rushing for a 1-yard touchdown on a fake field-goal attempt. Tommy Tuberville's team celebrated that win by smoking cigars on the field.

LSU has long preferred playing night games at home and capitalized earlier this month with a 42-28 win over previously undefeated Florida, but Orgeron is having his share of success in day matchups, too.

"Our fans will show up and start early," Orgeron said Wednesday on the SEC teleconference. "I can relate to the Georgia game last year (a 36-16 LSU win). The whole state of Louisiana was on fire. They were a deciding factor in the ballgame and may have given our team more energy than we've ever had before."

 

Pasquali's Pix

Mississippi State at Texas A&M: The Aggies have lost four of the past five in this series, including each of the past three by a combined score of 98-55. Aggies 30, Bulldogs 21.

Auburn at LSU: Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix wasn't alive the last time Auburn won at LSU. LSU 34, Auburn 27.

UTC at Wofford: The Mocs will face the top rushing team in the Football Championship Subdivision at a place where they've won just once in their past nine trips. Terriers 23, Mocs 20.

South Carolina at Tennessee: The past seven meetings between these two have been single-possession games, with an average victory margin of 3.3 points. Gamecocks 20, Volunteers 17.

Arkansas at Alabama: The Crimson Tide have won 13 consecutive Southeastern Conference games, including this past December's league title matchup, while the Razorbacks have lost 15 straight conference contests. Crimson Tide 38, Razorbacks 7.

Missouri at Kentucky: Each of these occasionally overlooked SEC East programs is 13-7 since the start of last season. Tigers 17, Wildcats 14.

Notre Dame at Michigan: The Wolverines being good but not elite on an annual basis is reflected by an 81-42 record this decade and an 81-43 mark last decade. Irish 21, Wolverines 17.

Wisconsin at Ohio State: Woody Hayes, Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer were incredibly good coaches for the Buckeyes, but they didn't possess an undefeated career record like Ryan Day. Buckeyes 34, Badgers 10.

Other picks:

SMU 38, Houston 19

Southern California 35, Colorado 28

Oklahoma 42, Kansas State 21

Iowa 29, Northwestern 22

Appalachian State 41, South Alabama 16

Pittsburgh 26, Miami 25

Penn State 17, Michigan State 14

Texas 23, TCU 20

Middle Tennessee State 20, Florida International 17

Florida State 34, Syracuse 13

Louisville 30, Virginia 29

North Carolina 27, Duke 26

Clemson 49, Boston College 10

Utah 24, California 15

Oregon 16, Washington State 7

Minnesota 31, Maryland 24

Memphis 45, Tulsa 38

Last week:

Winners.................... 19

Going rogue................6

Pasquali is now 161-39 overall (80.5%) this season.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

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