PREVIEW: LSU vs. MTSU - Head to Head

No. 2 LSU is a heavy favorite in this one, but Middle Tennessee had a whale of an offensive showing versus Louisville last week. Here are some of the top one on one matchups you'll see in this Saturday's contest.

Head to Head:


Middle Tennessee QB vs. LSU SS

Joe Craddock vs. Craig Steltz


Joe Craddock is a first year starter for the Blue Raiders and has played well for the most part over the first two games, albeit MTSU is winless. He is probably a better quarterback than LSU has faced so far this season in Michael Henig and Sean Glennon. Craddock enjoyed some success with a 290-yard, two-touchdown performance against Louisville. However, LSU's defense is a little better than the Cardinals stoppers. Plus, Louisville doesn't have ball hawking safety Craig Steltz. Steltz leads the nation through two games with four interceptions.



LSU DE vs. Middle Tennessee RB

Kirston Pittman vs. Phillip Tanner


Phillip Tanner was relatively unknown coming into the 2007 season. DeMarco McNair had been tabbed as the Blue Raiders primary back, and Tanner struggled in a 27-14 season opening loss to Florida Atlantic. But Tanner blew up in MTSU's 58-42 loss to Louisville, running for 144 yards on just nine carries and scoreing three touchdowns. Looking to slow down Tanner's advances will be defensive end Kirston Pittman, no doubt the comeback story of the year for LSU. After sitting out two years with a bum ankle, Pittman led the Tigers in tackles with eight stops versus Virginia Tech.




Player to Watch:


Lonnie Clemons III


LB, Junior

6-1, 230

Milledgeville, Ga.

Baldwin HS


Lonnie Clemons only accounted for 22 tackles last season as a defensive back and snared one interception playing in 12 of the Blue Raiders' 13 games. Already in 2007 Clemons, who switched from DB to linebacker this season, has logged 13 stops, including nine tackles in Middle Tennessee's 58-42 loss to Louisville last week. On the year, Clemons already has five tackles for loss. The Blue Raiders were thin in depth at linebacker coming into the season and have found a good one in this Milledgeville, Ga., junior.


- Matt Deville

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