#2 LSU didn't play a perfect game, but did enough to be #9 Auburn 23-20 on Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

"It was a gut check tonight," said LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown, coming up with clutch runs throughout the contest.

Quarterback Joe Burrow tossed 321 yards and 1 touchdown, running for another score in the 4th quarter that gave the LSU a 10 point lead.

Auburn's defensive front gave the LSU offensive line issues, pressure Burrow often in the first half.

LSU also made their fair share of mistakes, turning it over twice on a fumble and interception, then turning it over on downs twice, once just inside the red zone, and the other 1 yard away from the Auburn goalline.

“I think a lesser team would not have won that game tonight," explained Orgeron. "They got up ahead... You should have seen this locker room. There was calm in the locker room. There was confidence. We felt we were going to win the game. Joe felt we were going to win the game. We did.”

With the win, the Tigers improved to 8-0 (4-0 in SEC play), setting up a monumental battle of unbeatens in two weeks when they play undefeated #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Both teams are heading into a bye week before the showdown.

"I think we're a much better team this year," said Burrow of the upcoming matchup with the Tide.

LSU has not defeated Alabama since 2011, a 9-6 win in Tuscaloosa.