Matchup: LSU

This week Tennessee takes on LSU in Baton Rouge. Here's our take on this Vols vs. Tigers matchup:

Game #: 1108
Site: Baton Rouge
Date: Sep. 24
Conference: SECW
Coach Match-up:
For the Vols - Fulmer and for the Tigers - Miles


Vols

Tigers
OLCOMMENTSOL

With Eric Young and Anthony Parker likely to make their first career starts, UT's line is going to be a patchwork unit this weekend.

QB'sCOMMENTSQB's

JaMarcus Russell seems to have matured after enduring some growing pains in 2004. UT's Erik Ainge has been surprisingly erratic.

RB'sCOMMENTSRB's

Gerald Riggs is averaging 98 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. LSU's Joseph Addai is averaging 109 yards per game and 6.8 per carry. Both are excellent.

WR'sCOMMENTSWR's

This is probably the two most talented receiving groups in the SEC. UT's wideouts have underachieved to date but they could shine against a weak LSU secondary.


Vols

Tigers
DLCOMMENTSDL

LSU has two great tackles in Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten but UT has a little more depth along the defensive front.

LB'sCOMMENTSLB's

Now that Jason Mitchell's knee is better, UT's linebacking corps should be one of the NCAA's strongest and deepest.

DB'sCOMMENTSDB's

The secondary is UT's weak link but LSU's secondary gave up 461 passing yards vs. Arizona State. That could make for a lot of completions Saturday night.

S. TeamsCOMMENTSS. Teams

Tennessee's special teams play has been awful. LSU's special teams play has been outstanding.


Vols

Tigers
INTANGIBLES

Death Valley is a tough place to play, and it'll be even tougher than usual in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina.

PREDICTION

Tennessee's sputtering offense and a rabid LSU crowd provide a mountain that's probably too steep for the Vols to climb. LSU 24, Tennessee 17.


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