LSU-App. St. Preview

Tiger Rag previews the games within the game on Saturday night.

Head to Head:

Appalachian State QB vs. LSU FS

Richie Williams vs. LaRon Landry

Richie Williams is one of the most diverse players in all of Division I-AA football. Impressive through the air, Williams has completed 139 of 208 passes for 1,775 yards and 10 touchdowns. But Williams is also a threat to run. On 107 rushing attempts, Williams has collected 628 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Look for LSU safety LaRon Landry to be eyeing Williams like a hawk.

Appalachian State S vs. LSU WR

Jeremy Wiggins vs. Craig Davis

LSU wide receiver Craig Davis is growing into LSU's best wide receiver. Now injury free, Davis is catching the ball with confidence and isn't afraid to go across the middle. Waiting for Davis will be Appalachian State defensive back Jeremy Wiggins. Wiggins is the Mountaineers top tackler with 77 total tackles, including 41 solo stops.

Player to Watch:

Kevin Richardson

DB, Sophomore

5-9, 190

East Bladen HS

Elizabethtown, N.C.

Why it is important to stop him:

Teamed with quarterback Richie Williams in the backfield, Richardson and Williams make up a dangerous duo. Richardson is Appalachian State's leading rusher with 121 carries for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is also an excellent pass receiver out of the backfield. Richardson has nabbed 34 catches for 341 yards.

Who has to stop him?

LSU had better keep a close eye out on both Richardson and Williams as both can make big plays. But the LSU defensive front must contain Richardson and make Williams beat the Tigers through the air.

LSU rushing offense vs. Appalachian State rushing defense:

Joseph Addai tweaked an ankle last week against North Texas so don't expect the senior to get too many carries. Justin Vincent and Shyrone Carey did just fine last week. Going up against a defense that gives up 189 yards per game on the ground, LSU's backs are licking their chops.

Advantage: LSU

LSU passing offense vs. Appalachian State passing defense:

JaMarcus Russell looked great against North Texas last week. Matt Flynn looked even better going a perfect 7 of 7. Together both quarterbacks combined to complete 24 of 28 passes for 383 yards. Look for Russell to move and groove early giving way to some valuable mop-up time for Flynn against an undersized secondary.

Advantage: LSU

Appalachian State rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense:

The Mountaineers have a pretty good round attack in quarterback Richie Williams (107 carries, 628 yards 4 TD) and tailback Kevin Richardson (121-757, 10). LSU has struggled a bit against the run lately allowing the Mean Green to run for over 100 yards last weekend. At best, Appalachian State could hope for a push.

Advantage: Push

Appalachian State passing offense vs. LSU passing defense:

Look for Appalachian State quarterback Richie Williams to test this Tiger secondary often. Having completed 139 of 208 yards, Williams has thrown for 1,775 yards and 10 touchdowns, offset by four interceptions. It is doubtful Williams can carry his team all the way, but look for him to have his moments.

Advantage: Push

LSU special teams vs. Appalachian State special teams:

Like last week, in a lopsided affair it doesn't really matter how you play on special teams. In LSU's case, talent will win this game. Chris Jackson punted only once last week and the return game was not necessary.

Advantage: LSU

Intangibles:

LSU gained a great deal of confidence last week finally finding some consistent rhythm on offense. Russell and his receivers seemed to get on the same page and the running game further settled in as well. Look for this game to serve as a final tune-up for the Tigers stretch run, including the showdown in two Saturdays in Tuscaloosa against Alabama.

Advantage: LSU

Prediction:

Les Miles said he expects a much better game from Appalachian State than his team got from North Texas. The Mountaineers are a perennial powerhouse in Division I-AA and should hang around for a quarter maybe two. But don't expect Appalachian State to be vying for any upset. Despite being a quality team, the Mountaineers have lost its only game to a D-I school this year, a 36-8 drubbing at Big 12 cellar-dweller Kansas. Again, Tigers BIG!

LSU 49, Appalachian State 10

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