Tiger Rag takes an inside look at the key matchups of Saturday's clash between LSU and Kentucky in Tiger Stadium.
LSU rushing offense
vs. Kentucky rushing defense:
LSU's rushing offense ranks as a
very average 60th in Division I football. The Tigers average 135
yards per game on the ground and have turned to a fullback to start at tailback.
Jacob Hester got the start versus Florida and had some nice, hard runs versus
the Gators' top notch run defense. Things get a bit easier this week as LSU
faces a Kentucky rushing defense thanks ranks
on the opposite end of the spectrum from Florida. The Wildcats are rated
112th in the nation against the run, allowing 199 yards per
LSU passing offense
You'll probably start to see a
trend developing here. Kentucky's defense isn't all that great. If
you thought being ranked 112th against the run was bad, it doesn't
get any better with the pass. Kentucky gives up 249 passing yards each
contest, which ranks 104th in college football. JaMarcus Russell
should get healthy this week and don't be surprised if you see some of Matt Flynn before halftime.
Kentucky rushing offense
vs. LSU rushing defense:
Rafael Little is one fo the top
running backs in the SEC, but he will be running up against a stone wall with
this LSU defense. As a group, Kentucky runners only average 106 yards
rushing per games, that is 82nd. The Tigers are allowing just 73
yards per contest, 12th nationally, and don't anticipate changing
anything up that would enhance Kentucky's chances.
Kentucky passing offense
vs. LSU passing defense:
The Wildcats would love to be more
two-dimensional on offense, but the running game is just that bad. But
quarterback Andre Woodson can do a lot of things for the Wildcats offensively
and coach Rich Brooks will need his big quarterback to come up big against the
Tigers. The Wildcats are putting up 257 yards per game through air, which ranks
22nd nationally. But on the flip side, LSU is fourth against the
pass, allowing a stingy 135 yards per game.
LSU special teams
All that can be said for LSU is
that the special teams had better be more improved this week. Special teams cost
the Tigers the game at Florida in every possible facet and the future
of this season hinges on whether or not the coaching staff gets the kinks worked
out. We'll call it even.