Vanderbilt Opponent #6: LSU Tigers

Vanderbilt hosts Louisiana State University for the sixth game of the season. VandyMania gives an early scouting report on the Tigers and makes a prediction on the game's outcome. This is the sixth in a series of 11 evaluations of Vanderbilt's 2005 opponents.

Date: Oct. 8, 2005
Site: Vanderbilt Stadium

LSU

Head coach: Les Miles (0-0 at LSU, photo at right)

2004 Record: 9-3, 6-2 CONF

Top Returnees:

OFFENSE: WR Skyler Green, Sr.; LT Andrew Whitworth, Sr.; LG Will Arnold, So.; C Rudy Niswanger, Sr.; RG Nate Livings, Sr.; RT Brian Johnson, Jr.; TE David Jones, Sr.; WR Dwayne Bowe, Jr.; RB Alley Broussard, Jr.; FB Jacob Hester, So.

DEFENSE: LT Claude Wroten, Sr.; RT Kyle Williams Sr.; RE Melvin Oliver, Sr.; SLB Kenneth Hollis, Sr.; WLB Cameron Vaughn, Sr.; SS Jessie Daniels, Jr.; FS LaRon Landry, Jr.

2004 Results

Sept. 4 OREGON STATE, W 22-21 (OT)
Sept. 11 ARKANSAS STATE, W 53-3
Sept. 18 at Auburn, L 9-10
Sept. 25 MISSISSIPPI STATE, W 51-0
Oct. 2 at Georgia, L 16-45
Oct. 9 at Florida, W 24-21
Oct. 23 TROY, W 24-20
Oct. 30 VANDERBILT, W 24-7
Nov. 13 ALABAMA, W 26-10
Nov. 20 OLE MISS, W 27-24
Nov. 26 *at Arkansas, W 43-14
Jan. 1 vs. Iowa, L 25-30


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2005 Schedule

Sept. 3 NORTH TEXAS
Sept. 10 ARIZONA STATE
Sept. 24 TENNESSEE
Oct. 1 at Mississippi State
Oct. 8 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 15 FLORIDA
Oct. 22 AUBURN
Nov. 5 APPALACHIAN STATE
Nov. 12 at Alabama
Nov. 19 at Ole Miss
Nov. 26 ARKANSAS

LSU Statistics

Category...............NCAA ... AVG
Rushing Offense .......20 ..... 193.83  
Passing Offense .......72 ..... 201.75 
Total Offense .........38 ..... 395.58    
Scoring Offense .......41 ..... 28.67    
Rushing Defense .......7 ...... 99.75 
Passing Defense .......10 ..... 103.02     
Total Defense .........3 ...... 256.92     
Scoring Defense .......14 ..... 17.08   
Turnover Margin........73 ..... -.17    
Net Punting ...........52 ..... 35.96    

REMARKS: After 3 straight wins against Ole Miss, Richmond and MTSU, Vanderbilt will be primed to continue their win streak against the Tigers. Vanderbilt battled LSU tough last season in Baton Rouge but came away with a 24-7 loss. New coach Les Miles comes in with good talent, including 6 preseason All-SEC selections.

EARLY PREDICTION: Vandy will have improved but not to the point of being able to beat LSU. Expect a an early on Vanderbilt lead but LSU will put the game away in the second half because of superior depth and personnel.

Vanderbilt 21
LSU 34


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