Who is Towson? Towson is a small school that hails from Towson, Maryland that is just outside of Baltimore. They too are Tigers; their stadium is named after the great Johnny Unitas who was a big contributor and whose children attended the University. They are currently (2-1) but their two wins came against William & Mary and St. Francis.
These guys are going to be in shock when they arrive to a stadium that holds 92,400 plus screaming LSU Tiger fans in one of the most difficult stadiums to play in college football. I stress LSU Tigers because these guys will get no sympathy from us just because they are Tigers as well. Johnny Unitas Stadium at Minnegan Field only holds 11,198 fans it is a glorified high school football field.
The Towson Tigers bring a dual threat quarterback to the field in Grand Enders he is 56-75 with 605 passing yards 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on the year. He also has 116 rushing yards on 26 attempts in the first three games of the season.
The running back Terrence West has the majority of the carries for Towson with 49 attempts and 271 yards with 5 touchdowns, but Towson has twelve guys with 1 or more carries, however West and Enders have more than half of the total rushing yards combined.
Towson also uses a lot of receivers, fourteen guys have at least 1 catch but only two have more than 5, the two are Erron Banks with 13 catches and 150 yards and Spencer Wilkins with 10 catches and 130 yards. These guys will have a tough test ahead against an LSU defense that does not let the quarterback have any time to find an open target.
LSU will come into this game to try and work on the offensive line problems, penalty problems and hopefully work on the receivers catching balls that they should catch. Mettenberger would have significantly better numbers thus far had his receiver made the catches they are expected to make.
I suspect the Tigers will try and come out and establish the run as usual with our stable of backs, but I would really like to see Les Miles open the field up and let Zach air the ball downfield. He arguably has the biggest arm we have seen since Tommy Hodson and we have yet to see him unleash it. Maybe Miles is waiting for the right time? Maybe our offensive line is not giving Mettenberger enough time or maybe Mettenberger is not doing a good enough job at buying himself time in the pocket, whatever it is this is the game to work it out.
Next month the Tigers go to Florida and A&M and host the South Carolina Gamecocks if we play anything like we did against Auburn we have a tough month ahead of us.
Kickoff is set for 6pm CT this Saturday and the game will be shown on ESPNU