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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn spoke to the media on Tuesday for this weekly press conference and previewed Saturday's matchup vs. LSU. Here's what he had to say.

Opening statement… “First of all, we are glad to be back home. We are hosting the defending national champions and have had three consecutive tough losses against LSU. If you look back at 2017, we went up 20-0, they had a big punt and got the momentum, and we lost that game. Thinking about 2018, we were up the whole game at home, we had two 15-yard penalties on the last drive, and they kicked a field goal on the last play of the game. Last year was a dogfight all the way down to the end and a tough one to take. I’ll tell you this, our guys are extremely excited and motivated to play this game. 2:30 CBS kickoff and playing at home -- I think it is a really big game. This will be our sixth consecutive SEC game. You look at LSU and you see a team that each week has improved. They are probably playing their best game overall and have a bunch of new guys, like we do, and you can tell they are improving. Last week for us was a big road win. I am really proud of our guys the way that they won that battle and wanted to win. Three out of the four close games, our guys have found a way to win, which I think will help us moving forward.”

On LSU quarterback J.T. Finley… “I was very impressed with the young guy. They ran the football, and he made some good throws in tight coverage. The big thing is that they were able to run the football successfully with Finley at quarterback.”

Challenge of LSU pass rush against your new look offensive line… “There’s no doubt it’s going to be a test. I think they’re leading the league in sacks and they have two guys who can flat-out get after the quarterback, especially on the edge. We’re going to have to do a really good job whether it’s scheme or whether it’s situational. When they pin their ears back and they know it’s pass, they’re very effective and impressive watching them on film.”

On LSU simplifying its defense… “I think you’ve seen that their defense is fine. They’re better each week. They do have a bunch of young guys, new guys, so just trying to get that experience, but they’ve seen that the last couple weeks, they’ve improved. We’ll see what their plan is, but they definitely have improved.”

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"fine" is not a compliment
Reply6 months
LSU out played and outlast AU the last 3 meeting and this Trend will continue
Reply6 months
I think he was pretty accurate and I think his assessment of the LSU D is a little off but LSU is showing improvement each week. I don’t expect to win with Bo being pressured. No sucks and should be on Dancing with the stars the way he moves behind the line.
Reply6 months
LSU is 10-3 vs Aubie in the last 13 games. This game will make it 11-3 in the last 14 games. Ole Gus likes to talk about the last 3 Auburn losses to LSU being close. He conveniently forgets the last Auburn win was because an LSU TD on the last play of the game was nullified because LSU didn’t get the play off in time. LSU-45 Aub-27
Reply6 months
Anybody else read it with kind of a redneck accent?
Reply6 months
Yep..we waited til we had a true freshman at QB to try and run the ball...thanks Gus for telling us what our coaches didn’t know
Reply6 months
Coach speak..hes not gonna come out and say our defense is dog shite. Which they are. High scoring game. Along the lines of Missouri game. Auburn has a horseshoe and refs on their side all year. Expect nothing different this game. Auburn by 7
Reply6 months
Auburn wins via officiating
Reply6 months
Gus is about to motion us until our secondary throws up a white flag and walks into the locker room. It could get UGLY.
Reply6 months
Matt Canada would cream himself for the chance to play us right now.
6 months
LSU got it's swag back win by 10
Reply6 months
Whiskey... please. Or maybe something stronger.
6 months
Say what you will about Gus, but at least he is gracious in defeat and complimentary towards us when we win. Unlike that freak ogre head coach at Florida who dies the opposite.
Reply6 months
Tigers 45- Paper Tigers 24
Reply6 months
We beat them by a fg last year at home with the goat LSU team. I hope LSU wins big but not counting it.
6 months
“I think you’ve seen that their defense is fine." He lied.
Reply6 months
Yeah, I don't know what he's been watching these past few weeks. Actually, nothing, probably just looked at some of the tape from last weeks game. Lol
6 months
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