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As for the Tiger tussle in Baton Rouge, for much of the past decade LSU-Auburn has been about as good as it gets in the SEC.

Since 2000, LSU has won four West titles, tops in the division, and Auburn three. This will be the ninth meeting since then in which both sets of Tigers have been ranked and the games always seem to be close. Six of the last seven have been decided by a touchdown or less.

It might be difficult for Auburn to stay in this one, though. Coach Gene Chizik’s defense has played better of late, but now the offense is sputtering and the quarterback spot is unsettled.

Barrett Trotter started the first six games for, but Clint Moseley took over in the second half of a 17-6 victory against Florida.

“We always anticipate the change opponents make is for the best,” LSU coach Les Miles said.

No spoilers here.

The picks:

FRIDAY

No. 11 West Virginia (minus 14) at Syracuse

Mountaineers have won four straight at Carrier Dome … 38-17.

SATURDAY

No. 19 Auburn (plus 22 1/2) at No. 1 LSU

Auburn will put up a better fight … LSU 31-14.

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