PREVIEW: Tigers-Bulldogs, Inside the Matchups

Here are the unit by unit breakdowns of Saturday's LSU-Tech game.

LSU rushing offense vs. Louisiana Tech rushing defense

It has been no surprise this year that the LSU Tigers were among the top rushing teams in the nation. Equipped with a cupboard full of talented running backs, the Tigers average 209 yards per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. LSU struggled running the ball last week at Alabama, totaling just 87 yards on the ground. However, LSU's all-everything back Jacob Hester put the exclamation point on the game with a 1-yard dive to secure the 41-34 win for the Tigers. Louisiana Tech is surprisingly solid against the run, allowing just 109 yards per game, which is rated 21st in the country. That might have something to do with the Bulldogs playing in the pass-happy WAC.

Advantage: LSU

LSU passing offense vs. Louisiana Tech passing defense

Coming into the season, Matt Flynn was widely regarded as a great passer, especially after the strong-armed JaMarcus Russell moved on to the NFL. But Flynn has put together back-to-back 300-yard passing performances against Auburn and Alabama and registered a career-high with 353 yards against the Tide. However, Flynn had his problems versus Bama, tossing a trio of interceptions. Flynn should get plenty of opportunities to throw the ball deep against a La. Tech defense that is giving up 266 passing yards (101st nationally) per game.

Advantage: LSU

Louisiana Tech rushing offense vs. LSU rushing defense

The Bulldogs possess an impressive running back in junior Patrick Jackson. Averaging 85 yards per game on the ground, Jackson is the focal point of the Louisiana Tech offense. Unfortunately, Jackson and Co. will be going up against one of the best rushing defenses in the land. LSU ranks fourth in Division I against the run, surrendering just 65 yards per game. Against Alabama last Saturday, the Tigers held the Tide to a stingy 20 rushing yards on 33 carries.

Advantage: LSU

Louisiana Tech passing offense vs. LSU passing defense

Louisiana Tech is as bad throwing the ball as they are defending it. The Bulldogs rank 91st in the nation in passing offense as quarterback Zac Champion generates just 191 yards per contest through the air. LSU's defense surrendered some big plays to the Alabama offense last week through the air, but the Tigers sacked Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson seven times. Plus, true freshman Chad Jones emerged as a new playmaker for LSU at safety.

Advantage: LSU

LSU special teams vs. Louisiana Tech special teams

The Tigers had their fair share of mistakes on special teams last weekend. Colt David had a 46-yard field goal attempt blocked, and LSU gave up a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first one surrendered by the Tigers since 1999. David did connect on a pair of lengthy field goals, and Patrick Fisher averaged 46 yards per punt on six kicks. Tech's Danny Horwedal is 20-of-21 on extra points and 8-of-15 on field goals, while punter Chris Keagle is second in the WAC in punting with a 41.3-yard average.

Advantage: Even

Intangibles:

LSU coach Les Miles wasn't very happy following the Tigers' win over Alabama last Saturday night. The third-year head coach said his staff will coach the team hard this week as they try and remedy the problems that arose in Saturday's victory. LSU will be looking to redeem itself and right the wrongs that were committed in Tuscaloosa. Coach Derek Dooley has spent plenty of time in Tiger Stadium and knows what lies ahead. He likely just wants his team to get out of Baton Rouge alive.

Advantage: LSU


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