PREVIEW: LSU vs. Va. Tech

Tiger Rag analyzes the key matchups for Saturday's LSU-Va. Tech contest.

Head to Head:


Virginia Tech QB vs. LSU LB

Sean Glennon vs. Ali Highsmith


Sean Glennon didn't get off to the best start in last Saturday's game against East Carolina. He threw an interception and fumbled after getting walloped by an East Carolina defender. But Glennon rebounded and went on to complete 22 of 33 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown. The East Carolina defense isn't quite on par with that of LSU, and Glennon can expect to be harassed much more this week than in the Hokies' season opener. He might want to give Miss. State quarterback Michael Henig a call. Ali Highsmith lived up to his preseason All-American selection, turning in an eight-tackle performance versus Miss. State.



LSU RT vs. Virginia Tech LB

Carnell Stewart vs. Vince Hall


Carnell Stewart got picked on last week while making his first career start on the offensive line. Stewart was faced with going up against State's best player in defensive end Titus Brown. Virginia Tech has lots of good players in their front seven; look for linebacker Vince Hall (13 tackles vs. East Carolina) to be coming at Stewart quite often. Let's see if it is true when they say a player improves the most from game one to game two.





Player to Watch:


Brandon Ore

TB, Junior

5-11, 205

Chesapeake, Va.

Indian River


Brandon Ore rushed for 1,137 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. But this junior running back found little running room last Saturday versus East Carolina. Ore ran for just 70 yards on 23 carries, and his longest run from scrimmage was all of nine yards. However, Ore is the cog of Virginia Tech's offense. Look for the Hokies to turn to Ore when Glennon begins getting pressured by LSU's defense. However, don't expect LSU's defense to be any more generous with the running room than East Carolina's was last weekend.

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