LSU Vs. Auburn: No Badger, No Problem As Top-Ranked Tigers Maul Rivals

The No. 1 LSU Tigers have still won all of their games by double figures, keeping up their end of the SEC West showdown bargain.

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Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware Officially Suspended, Expected To Return For Alabama

Not that this is really a surprise to anyone after it's been reported for most of the week, but we now have official confirmation that the Honey Badger and a couple of his teammates will be absent from this week's contest against Auburn.

Les Miles saying officially Mathieu, Ware, Simon are out for this game and he expects them to be back next week. #lsu
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While Tyrann Mathieu has gotten a lot of the attention this week -- and rightly so, given his two interceptions and four forced fumbles -- Spencer Ware is also a pretty important piece of the LSU machine buzz-sawing its way through the SEC West. His 512 yards rushing easily leads the Bayou Bengals on the season, and his six touchdowns are tied for tops on the team.

As for the players' return -- next week, technically, is a bye week for the Tigers. And we're absolutely sure that the time frame for the punishment is not at all related to the pivotal clash with Alabama on Nov. 5.

For more on the Tigers, head over to LSU blog And The Valley Shook.

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LSU Reportedly Suspends Tharold Simon In Addition To Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware

According to reports from multiple outlets local and national, the LSU Tigers will be without all-world cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and ace running back Spencer Ware for their game against the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, and possibly longer. Several reports had mentioned a potential third player, who's now been named by the Associated Press: productive defensive back Tharold Simon.

Simon is fourth on the team in tackles this year. He's also contributed a pick, 2.5 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups. Here's LSU beat writer Randy Rosetta with some thoughts on who might be asked to fill in throughout the secondary against Clint Moseley:

Ronnie Vinson could also get snaps at CB, and safeties Craig Loston and Sam Gibson might be asked to fill in on nickel.    

For more, visit LSU blog And The Valley Shook and SEC blog Team Speed Kills. For more college football, visit SB Nation's college football news hub.

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