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SEC 2015: LSU's Two Most Important Games

These are the two games most important to LSU's fortunes in 2015.

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

LSU enters 2015 a riddle wrapped in a mystery, all of which is inside an enigma. LSU always seems to have a strong defense, and this season they'll have one of the best running backs in the country plus two of the best receivers in the SEC. The numbers also project LSU wins 9-10 games. The inability to grasp whether this team is playoff bound or an above average team that spoils other seasons rests on lingering quarterback issues and the state of the SEC West. Other posts will focus on the quarterback position, but this post will focus on the Tigers' competition in two important games.

September 19th versus Auburn

The Tigers of the Bayou host the Tigers of The Plains on CBS at 3:30. It's a game that has the marks of setting the pecking order early in the SEC West, and while Auburn spends the previous week warming up against Jacksonville State, LSU travels to Starkville to take on Mississippi State. This is also a revenge game scenario. Auburn defeated LSU last season 41-7 mostly by taking a 31-7 lead into halftime and then never letting up while accumulating 566 total yards of offense. That result should still sting for LSU's players. This game will be the main event in the SEC this weekend, and LSU will need a win for the divisional standings and their pride.

November 14th versus Arkansas

This game is sandwiched in between road games at Alabama and at Ole Miss, and sets up as a classic trap game especially with a presumably improved Arkansas side. On paper it has the makings of the type of game where the home team starts slow, the visitor takes an early lead, and it's an uphill climb the rest of the way. This is exactly how last year's LSU-Arkansas game played out too as the Razorbacks took a stifling 10-0 lead into halftime and LSU was never able to recover. Arkansas players will believe they can beat LSU; the veil has been lifted. That makes the Tigers' task even tougher.