Friday, September 11, 2009

Previewing Vandy at LSU

Glad that LSU is back at Tiger Stadium; wishing I could get Mike Easley discounts on things I buy.

LSU hasn't seen a lot of Vanderbilt recently - the last meeting was a 34-6 victory in 2005. The Tigers have won the past five meetings.

It will help playing in front of 92,000 friendly fans in the home opener Saturday, but as the Tigers proved last year, it's no quarantee. LSU lost its last three SEC games at home last year.

The Tigers gave up too many yards (478) in last week's win at Washington to be comfortable, but Jordan Jefferson-to-Terrance Toliver emerged as a dynamic passing combination.

Vanderbilt's run game rolled up 433 yards in a 45-0 rout against Western Carolina last week. Freshman Warren Norman ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and Zac Stacy ran for 133 and a score.

I don't think Vandy will be able to run that effectively against LSU.

LSU 33, Vanberbilt 13

- Cliff Mehrtens


R. Trentham Roberts said...

He's more nervous about this one than he's letting on, folks. Let's break it down according to Mehrtens' Math. Last week, LSU to win by 36; they win by 8. This week, LSU to win by 20. That's a nail-biter.

Cliff Mehrtens said...

R. Trentham:

You pay more attention to my picks than I do.


Tigers will be fine; game with Miss. State looms (fear not, they haven't been good at anything since Will Clark, Raffy Palmeiro and Jeff Brantley left).

-- Cliff Mehrtens