1. With the LSU QB situation somewhat in flux how do you see things shaking out as far as the starting job this week? How does Harris handle the situation?
I think it's Danny Etling's job. Les Miles didn't release a depth chart and while the players said Monday night that Miles hadn't told them who will start, Miles has to go with Etling. There will be a total fan base meltdown if not. Harris has really struggled making the basic throws like hitches and sailed a flat route probably five yards over a receiver's head on Saturday that was the final straw. Harris seemed to take it okay during the game with Etling getting a couple high-fives from him, but he was quick to the locker room after the game too. It's Etling's job. It just has to be.
2. Is LSU running back Leonard Fournette healthy and how healthy is he?
He's got a bad bruise on his ankle and seemed to be walking okay out of the football building on Monday night. Whether he practiced, is another thing. He's going to play this week I'd imagine. I think Derrius Guice will see more time than his two carries for three yards against Wisconsin with a healthy Fournette, but I think he's about 90 percent healthy.
3. What is going on with wide receiver Malachi Dupre? I believe he has more drops than catches.
Dupre sure does. A lot of those drops are on high balls from Brandon Harris, but he dropped one that was perfectly thrown by Etling on Saturday night and has failed to come down with any 1-on-1 balls. Coach Miles said he'll work through it and Monday night Dupre spent extra time catching with Etling. It's been a struggle, but LSU has to get the ball in his hands in easy ways to help him shake this funk.
4. What is the mood of the fan base? Are the same folks who led the failed coup attempt last year beginning to assemble again?
It was just disappointing to see LSU open the season like the Tigers did. Everyone felt fooled by thinking that LSU's offense was going to open up more and things like that. Nothing had seemed to have changed. The win against Jacksonville State and Etling entering did calm some things although LSU has to take massive steps forward before Miles' job is considered safe. In my mind, he has to at least beat Alabama this year to show progress or find a way to win the West without doing so. Another three loss season with this kind of returning talent will lead to more questions.
5. How do you see the game playing out?
After watching Nick Fitzgerald last week, I'm not as sold on this one being an LSU win. I was shocked by the Tigers opening as two-touchdown favorites. Now, Vegas might feel good about Etling starting and Fournette returning, but still. I see LSU winning at the end of the day though by 10. If LSU gets Fournette going early and continues to spread the ball around under Etling's direction, the defense will certainly do their thing. LSU has been opportunistic on defense, but also needs to really lock in when defending Fitzgerald. Eli Jenkins did give them some trouble last week. I've got LSU 27-17 in this one.