LSU vs. BYU Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the LSU vs. BYU fearless prediction and game preview.
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 2nd
Game Time: 9:30 pm ET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
LSU (0-0) vs. BYU (1-0) Game Preview
And that is why you play Portland State to start the season.
Nothing against the Vikings – this should be a decent FCS team all year – but BYU didn’t exactly rock anyone’s world with a yawner of a 20-6 win on Soft Opening Saturday.
But there are two ways to look at it – depending on what type of neurotic head coach you might be. Either the Cougars were able to work out the kinks and gain an invaluable four quarters of live experience, or they won’t be as rested and ready as LSU will be.
Of course, for both programs – and for everyone else – there’s more than just a football game as a backdrop. Originally this was supposed to be a big showdown in NRG Stadium in Houston, but obviously the city has far bigger problems to deal with.
Now the game is being played in the Superdome in New Orleans – it’s supposedly still supposed to be a neutral site game.
No matter where this is played, on the field, it’s everything for BYU. Win, and you’re part of the national discussion for bright, shiny things. Lose, and the Cougars have to run the table to be relevant. Good luck with that considering Utah, Wisconsin, Boise State and Mississippi State are still on the schedule.
For LSU, this is the first game of the rest of head coach Ed Orgeron’s life. After this, the slate isn’t all that bad until a trip to Florida in October, but lose it, and the hot seat will turn on immediately.
Again, no pressure.
One Reason Why LSU Will Win
The BYU offense sputtered and coughed all game long against Portland State.
There were only two decent drives for an offense that came up with just 365 yards and couldn’t seem to convert enough third down plays. The defense did its part, and the key parts of the O weren’t miserable, but it was a spotty all-around performance.
Again, that’s why you schedule Portland State before LSU, and there’s certainly a shot at the Cougars turning the dial up a few notches now that the spotlight is on, but there can’t be so many easy-out drives.
Don’t give the LSU offense any help.
One Reason Why BYU Will Win
The defense is going to be magnificent – the game will never get out of hand.
Yeah, the Viking game was a bit of a dud, but the D did what it was supposed to do. It didn’t allow any big runs, only gave up two medium pass plays, and got hit for just one passing score.
Fred Warner led a loaded linebacking corps that – don’t snicker at this, LSU fans – might just be the best the Tigers have to face all season long. LSU will try to get physical with the Cougar front seven, and that’s not going to work.
You beat BYU by going up top and staying there. Throw, throw, throw – that’s not necessarily going to be what LSU wants to do with a back like Derrius Guice to hand off to.
What’s Going To Happen
Don’t expect fireworks.
The two defenses will be terrific throughout, with each making life miserable for the other team’s ground game. But eventually the LSU passing attack will work just enough to get by.
New Tiger offensive coordinator Matt Canada was able to get the Pitt offense rolling, and now he should help make QB Danny Etling more efficient – even though the offense loses almost all of last year’s top targets.
Portland State couldn’t throw the ball well. LSU will.
LSU vs. BYU Prediction
Final Score: LSU 26, BYU 16
Line: LSU-13.5 o/u: 47
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