Everything I know about football - which isn’t much – tells me that LSU will win this football game. Although, I don’t know how much you need to know about football to make that prediction.
LSU is simply too talented. The Tigers are so tough defensively that I don’t know how Washington will score enough points. Sure LSU doesn’t see quarterbacks like Price too often. But the issues with the running game and the offensive line are going to make the Huskies more dimensional then they want to be.
Defensively, I think Washington is better than it was last year. But they aren’t really deep and the linebacker play looked shaky at times against SDSU. If that happens against LSU, the herd of running backs that the Tigers use will run wild.
UW is a 24-point underdog and I just don’t see them covering the spread.
From the paper ….
WASHINGTON AT LSU
Kickoff: 4 p.m., Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
TV: ESPN. Radio: 950-AM or 102.9 FM
The series: The two teams have played twice in school history. In 1983, Washington, ranked ninth at the time, traveled to Baton Rouge and got drilled 40-14 by an unranked Tigers squad. The last meeting came three years ago at Husky Stadium. UW opened the 2009 season – Steve Sarkisian’s first as head coach – against the Tigers. Washington gave LSU, which was ranked 11th at the time, a bit of scare. But the Tigers pulled away for a 31-23 win.
What to watch: Football experts and Las Vegas oddsmakers, expect this be a pretty one-sided affair. LSU is a 24-point favorite over the Huskies. It’s not often that the Huskies are a three touchdown underdog. The reason? The Tigers are loaded at almost every position and appear to be contenders for a return trip to the BCS championship title game. LSU starts an ends with defense. The defensive ends of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery are two of the best in college football and projected first-round draft pick. Free safety Eric Reid is considered one of the best in the country. But defense was a constant last season, and the offense lost the title game to Alabama. That’s supposed to change with transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is supposed to be the high-level, consistent passing quarterback that LSU hasn’t had in years. Mettenberger only has to be solid and mistake free thanks to a versatile ground game, featuring a cadre of good running backs. But Washington doesn’t consider itself schedule fodder for the Tigers title run, nor should it. Quarterback Keith Price’s accuracy and passing ability is something that SEC teams see on regular basis. Price will need to utilize tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Kasen Williams, who have the size and speed and athleticism to make plays against LSU’s vaunted defense. The questions around the running game are legitimate. Bishop Sankey will have to handle the bulk of the carries with the injury to Jesse Callier. The Huskies also had to shift the offensive line around a little, inserting James Atoe at right guard and moving Erik Kohler from right guard to right tackle to replace the injured Ben Riva. For Washington to pull off the stunner, it will take a mistake free game in all three phases and a monumental showing from Price.
What’s at stake: Simply put, this would be the biggest upset in Husky football history. Knocking off the No. 3 team in the country on the road as a 24 point underdog would be signature win for Sarkisian. LSU has legitimate national title hopes and any loss that doesn’t come to Alabama would crush that goal.
The pick: LSU, 35-14
No. Name (position) Height/weight Year
1 Eric Reid (FS) 6-2/212 Junior
- The rangy playmaker will be all over the field looking to cause disruption and mayhem.
8 Zach Mettenberger (QB) 6-5/230 Junior
- The heralded transfer looked a little stiff in his first start, will he live up to the hype?
24 Tharold Simon (CB) 6-3/197 Junior
- Long and speedy, he will likely matchup against UW’s best receiver Kasen Williams
3 Odell Beckham, Jr. (WR/KR) 6-0/187 Sophomore
- He returned two punts for touchdowns in week 1, only one counted. But a message was sent.
75 Alex Hurst (OT) 6-6/331 Senior
- The senior offensive tackle may have to slide over to right tackle with the injury to Chris Faulk.
No. Name (position) Height/weight Year
1 Sean Parker (SS) 5-10/190 Sophomore
- The hard hitting safety will need to be big in run support against the Tigers rushing attack.
22 Josh Shirley (DE) 6-3/230 Sophomore
- A slow-moving quarterback and back-up right tackle? Shirley should have some sacks
25 Bishop Sankey (RB) 5-10/200 Sophomore
- The starting tailback position is all his, meaning the run games rest on his shoulders
75 Erik Kohler (RT) 6-4/299 Junior
- He will slide back to right tackle and immediately have to deal with NFL level pass rushers
88 Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) 6-6/277 Sophomore
- The best playmaking threat on the offense, ASJ should be able to make plays down the field.