PREVIEW: LSU vs. Kentucky - The Matchups

Is LSU's defense ready for Andre Woodson and the high-powered Wildcat offense? Can Kentucky find a way to stop LSU's running game? We break it all down here.

LSU rushing offense vs. Kentucky rushing defense

 

LSU continues to surprise folks with its rushing attack. Six weeks into the season, many people will tell you the LSU offensive line is a weak spot on this Tiger team. But still, the Tigers are averaging 227 rushing yards per game. Last week, LSU ran for 247 yards against a Florida defense that was allowing only 63.4 yards per game previously. Kentucky is downright awful against the run, giving up 184 yards each game, which is an abysmal 91st in the nation.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

LSU passing offense vs. Kentucky passing defense

 

Matt Flynn's passing numbers improved against Florida as he completed 14 of 27 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. To Flynn's credit, he had at least five drops by receivers that cost the Tigers dearly. Ryan Perrilloux has thrown only five passes in the last three games and hasn't been a factor in the passing game. Kentucky has actually played pretty well against the pass, giving up 194 yards per game, a respectable 29th in the country.

 

Advantage: Even

 

 

Kentucky rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense

 

The Wildcats run and throw the ball with equal success, and why shouldn't they when Rafael Little is doing a lot of both. Little is one of the most electrifying players in the country and has 682 yards through six games to show for it, 114 yards per contest. Kentucky is putting up 212 yards per game on the ground but will be going against a Tiger defense that is allowing only 58 per game.

 

Advantage: LSU

 

 

Kentucky passing offense vs. LSU passing defense

 

Here's the matchup everyone will be waiting to see. Many people have been singing the praises of Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson, and they should. Woodson has led the Wildcats to come-from-behind wins over Louisville and Arkansas and has the Wildcats ranked in the top 25 for the first time in quite some time. Plus, he's thrown 18 touchdowns and only two interceptions. LSU's pass defense is third best in the country (139 yards per game) and is No. 1 in pass efficiency defense.

 

Advantage: Even

 

 

LSU special teams vs. Kentucky special teams

 

The Tigers hit a minor bump in the special teams department last week when Colt David missed two field goals (37, 43) and LSU didn't return a single punt. But Patrick Fisher is punting the heck out of the ball (44.7 yards per kick) and the Tigers have looked good returning kickoffs. Kentucky punter Tim Masthay is averaging a modest 42.5 yards per punt.. Lones Seiber is 27 of 30 on PATs and seven of nine on field goals. The Cats do have the ever-dangerous Little, but LSU has Trindon Holliday.

 

Advantage: Even


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