Head-to-head: Vanderbilt vs. LSU

Next up for Vanderbilt is a trip to LSU on Saturday night. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and LSU and indicates which team has the edge.

VANDERBILT
EDGE
AREA
LSU
EDGE
COMMENTS
 
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
LSU rushing defense
 
Vanderbilt, led by freshmen Zac Stacy and Warren Norman, rushed for 433 yards last week against Western Carolina. LSU allowed 157 yards rushing to Washington in their opener. Linebacker Harry Coleman seven tackles including a tackle for loss last week against UW.  
EVEN  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
LSU passing defense
EVEN  
LSU allowed over 300 passing offense last week against a team that went 0-12 a year ago. Vanderbilt, led by sophomore quarterback Larry Smith, completed 13 of 25 passes for 187 yards including a 46 yards scoring pass to Justin Green.  
 
LSU rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
LSU's rushing attack, led by running back Charles Scott, gained just 152 yards in Seattle last week. Vanderbilt's rushing defense is led by linebackers Chris Marv and Patrick Benoist along with defensive tackle Adam Smotherman. The Commodores, who should have a stronger rushing defense than Washington, held WCU to just 41 yards rushing last week.  
EVEN  
LSU passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
EVEN  
LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson completed 11 of 19 passes last week at Washington for 172 yards and three scores. Vandy's passing defense is led by All-SEC candidate and preseason All-American cornerback Myron Lewis and safety Ryan Hamilton. Lewis had three pass break ups last week.  
Special Teams
 
Vandy red shirt freshman kicker Ryan Fowler missed badly on two of three field goal attempts last week. Punter Brett Upson averaged just 27 yards a punt including one for negative yardage that bounced off a lineman. Josh Jasper of LSU made his only field goal attempt in the Tiger's opener. LSU punter Derek Helton averaged 32 yards per punt on four punts.  
EVEN  
Coaching
EVEN  
Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson has engineered a winner at one of the toughest jobs in America. LSU's Les Miles led the Tigers to a national title in 2007.  
 
Intangibles
 
Tiger Stadium is one of the toughest place to play in college football. It's even tougher to play there at night.  


PREDICTION: LSU 24 Vanderbilt 20

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