It is a similar story this week in
relation to last week's game. Against
LSU passing offense vs. Tulane passing defense
There is no bright spot with the Tulane defense. As bad as the Green Wave is against the run, they are that much worse against the pass. Tulane is giving up 268.4 yards passing each game, which ranks 96th in Division I-A. LSU struggled throwing the ball last week. Matt Flynn managed just eight of 19 completions for 70 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Flynn was visibly off his game, which begs the question: Will he even play against Tulane? Look for a lot of Ryan Perrilloux and Andrew Hatch in this one.
Tulane rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense
If you check out Tulane's Player to
Watch on page 20, you'll see Matt Forte is a very talented running back.
Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of talent around him to help pave the way.
Forte, a native of
Tulane passing offense vs. LSU passing defense
Shaun King, Patrick Ramsey, J.P. Losman, Lester Ricard… Scott Elliott? There seems to have been an extreme
dropoff in talent at the quarterback position for the Green Wave. Elliott has
completed just 33 of 73 passes for 396 yards, one touchdown and four
interceptions. In his last two outings, Elliott completed nine of 23 passes (vs.
LSU special teams vs. Tulane special teams
Tulane kicker Ross Thevenot is a good place-kicker, but he has struggled punting the ball. Speaking of punting woes, "punt ugly" reared its head last week as the Tigers got a punt partially blocked versus the Gamecocks. Plus, Colt David missed a field goal. But you have to cut the Tigers some slack considering the condition of the field in Tiger Stadium last weekend. Punt returns continue to be interesting with Early Doucet sitting on the bench. It doesn't matter, though.