LSU rushing offense vs. ULL rushing defense:
When analyzing the LSU offensive backfield, there can be some interesting assessments made. Some people say LSU is slim at running back with Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent coming back from injury and nothing but a host of inexperienced runners left holding the bag. Or, they say Broussard and Vincent will lead the way for a talented crop of runners including fullback Jacob Hester and true freshmen Keiland Williams and Charles Scott. Whatever the case, the Ragin' Cajuns defense gave up 180 yards per game on the ground last year, which ranked 91st in the NCAA. Does it matter which evaluation is correct?
LSU passing offense vs. ULL passing defense:
As every report has indicated, LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell has separated himself from the Tigers' other two signal callers and has put all talk of a quarterback controversy to an end. Russell will be throwing to arguably the SEC's top corps of wide receivers against a ULL pass defense that ranked 92nd in the nation a year ago. Russell puts up big numbers and Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux split the mop-up duty.
ULL rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense:
The Ragin' Cajuns did share the Sun Belt title a season ago and it was due in large part to running back Tyrell Fenroy. Louisiana-Lafayette ranked seventh in the nation in rushing offense and they project to again have a potent rushing attack. The Tigers lost three of four starters on the offensive line and will be breaking in two new linebackers as well. Due to the physical nature of this LSU defense and the expectations that's surround this unit, it would be hard to give the Cajuns an advantage. Let's just call it even.
ULL passing offense vs. LSU passing defense:
Does this really need to be discussed? LSU returns arguably the nation's best secondary that has received numerous accolades from national publications everywhere. The LSU defensive backfield is led by all-American safety LaRon Landry. The Tigers have easily 10 players that can play in the secondary. On the flip side, the Cajuns, as a team, threw just three touchdown passes last season.
LSU special teams vs. ULL special teams:
Chris Jackson enters his fourth season as LSU's place kicker and third as the Tigers' punter. Many believe the senior didn't receive his just-due last year at the punter position. ULL returns its punter Brit Framel, but will look to replace its field goal kicker. LSU must plug holes left by Skyler Green and Xavier Carter in the return game, but Chevis Jackson, Daniel Francis and the speedy Trindon Holliday should provide plenty of fireworks. Too much speed and athleticism for the Cajuns to handle.
This is a no-brainer. Louisiana-Lafayette has played LSU 20 times in the last 104 years. The Tigers hold a dominating 20-0 record versus ULL and have outscored the Cajuns 912-19. In the team's last meeting in 2002, LSU beat the Ragin' Cajuns 48-0. The game is to be played in Tiger Stadium, which is good enough for at least three touchdowns against an in-state patsy. But the Cajuns don't have a dog in the hunt.
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