Evaluating the Opposition- LSU

BlueRaiderZone.com takes a look at the Blue Raiders' upcoming opponents. In this segement we look at week 3 of the season, LSU.

It's been said many times over that there is something magical about Death Valley at night. On September 15 the Blue Raiders will face that challenge as they head to Baton Rouge, LA to face the Tigers of LSU. This marks the first game between the two teams since Nov. 10, 2001 when the Tigers beat the Blue Raiders 30-14.

The Coach
Les Miles is entering his 3rd year as the head coach of the Tiger. His current record at LSU is 22-4 including a SEC West championship and bowl victories in the Peach and Sugar Bowls.

He was hired in January 2005 after 4 years at Oklahoma State.

The Records
LSU leads the series 1-0.
2006- LSU 11-2

Looking back to 2006
LSU finished the 2006 season with an 11-2 mark. The two losses were a 7-3 loss at Auburn and a 23-10 loss at Florida. The collected their wins against Louisiana-Lafayette (45-3), Alabama (28-14), Ole Miss (23-20 OT), and Arkansas (31-26), to name a few. They also dismantled Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl, 41-14.

The Tigers closed out the 2006 season ranked #3 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Looking Ahead
The Tigers are currently ranked #2 Coaches Poll and they have been picked by the SEC coaches to win the SEC Conference.

The Good
LSU has long been considered a national power, but they still seem like they are a team on the rise. As good as LSU was in 2006, they may have even more talent in 2007. The Tigers return 15 starters from the 2006 squad.

The schedule is one set up for a national championship run. They get Florida, Auburn, and Arkansas at home. They also avoid possible pitfalls by not facing off with Tennessee or Georgia from the SEC East.

The Bad
An early date with #9 Virginia Tech could prove to be a stumbling block for the Tigers.

There are questions for the Tigers at quarterback. Senior Matt Flynn is competing against sophomore Ryan Perrilloux for the starting job. Most of Flynn's experience came during the 2005 season. Perrilloux has only attempted 4 passes in his career.

The Outlook
LSU is being mentioned as a national championship contender. Its one thing to be mention as a contender in the preseason and it's another thing to be holding the title at the end of the year. The Tigers certainly have the talent to be ranked #1 at the end of the season, but the road is not easy, especially for a team that has to compete weekly in the SEC.

This year would only be considered a success if the Tigers make it to the national championship game.

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