Saturday’s game for LSU isn’t so much about their opponent in Furman, but rather how the Tigers respond to their loss on the road at Ole Miss last weekend that changed the outlook of the season. Will the team come out and step on the throats of the Paladins or come out flat and listless and sleepwalk through the first quarter vs. the FCS opponent?
After Les Miles took the blame for not having his team ready to play at Ole Miss, I believe it will be the former and LSU rolls up a substantial lead early and the team gets some momentum headed into their bye week before traveling to Alabama.
Zach Mettenberger needs a bounce back game after a quiet statistical performance vs. Florida and his worst game of the season when he tossed three interceptions vs. the Rebels. Additionally, Cam Cameron needs to call a better game and it starts by feeding Jeremy Hill and the LSU running backs to get Mettenberger in favorable passing situations.
Follow that blue print and it should be 28-0 by the end of the first quarter which should mean plenty of playing time for some freshmen that Miles wants to see get some game reps.
Some of the young Tigers who should see a lot of reps are freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings, center Ethan Pocic and defensive end/linebacker Kendell Beckwith. This trio represents some of the brightest talent on the LSU roster and the latter two were two of the top recruits in this class.
Okay, how about a little information on the team LSU will see at Tiger Stadium for their homecoming game Saturday night.
Furman comes in with a 3-4 record after they beat Appalachian State 27-10 last week and a 2-2 record in the Southern Conference. The Paladins are scoring an average of 22.1 per game and giving up 24.1 and have a 1-3 record on the road.
Furman knows what kind of monster they’re about to see when they set foot in Death Valley and LSU gets just what the doctor ordered and will get a nice tune up two weeks before their biggest game of the year.