AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 17: Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn walks the field before an NCAA college football game against the Texas A&M Aggies on September 17, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

Auburn names a starting quarterback for LSU game

Auburn is 1-2 on the season so far.

Auburn's quarterback controversy appeared to calm down after Week 2, as Sean White looked good in a game involving an FBS opponent.

It wasn't calm for long, though, as White was eventually replaced by backup John Franklin III in the Tigers' 29-16 loss to Texas A&M. Auburn wasn't moving the ball terribly, but when it mattered the most on third downs, White and co. couldn't get the job done. The Tigers punted nine times with White at quarterback, and the offense looked best late in the game when Franklin had taken over.

On Tuesday, though, head coach Gus Malzahn announced that he would be sticking with White as his starting quarterback.

Franklin was indicated as being "available", meaning that the Florida State transfer will likely get snaps again at some point.

This is a big risk by Malzahn; a loss on Saturday to LSU would give Auburn a 1-3 record. While all three losses would be considered losses to good opponents, you never want to open a season with three losses at home.

Malzahn still seems to have confidence in White to get the job done, which isn't a bad thing. However, if Franklin comes in and performs well once again... it might be time to run with Franklin, both figuratively and literally.