The LSU football team continued its preparations for Saturday’s contest against Appalachian State on Tuesday,
Reports out of Baton Rouge say LSU coach Les Miles may name the team’s starting quarterback on Thursday, but don’t expect that decision to be made public.
Everything I hear from everyone involved is that sophomore Andrew Hatch is still the man for the job and he will get probably 75-80 percent of the reps for LSU.
At tailback, it appears more and more with each passing day that Charles Scott is the man and will get the most reps at that position.

I’ve given in-depth position breakdowns at nearly every position so far. Today, we look at the battle of the DB’s.

LSU: The LSU DB’s are talented and sharp despite their inexperience. The key for this game will be tackling. When the LSU corners have a chance to take a man to the ground, they have to do so. If they don’t, that is when 5-yard plays become 25 yard plays.

ASU: The Mountaineers corners have to stay on their toes and read the LSU offense from the line of scrimmage. If the play is a run, they need to fly to the gaps to help out the linebackers and d-line. If it’s a pass, they have to stay on their men to prevent the big plays. Expect LSU to add deception to that routine with the play-action pass.

Adv: LSU (too much talent)
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SEC:

There is only one more game in the SEC slate to break down this week so here goes.

Tennessee at UCLA 7:00 CDT Monday

Keys for Tennessee:

1. Hit the groung “running” Arian Foster is probably the most underrated player in the SEC. The Volunteers sometimes get too pass-happy. They need to pencil down Foster for 35 touches a game.

2. Forget last California trip – The Vols were manhandled by Cal last year. This is a new season and they need to learn from that experience to win here.

Keys for UCLA:

1.  Sworn to secrecy – UCLA has a new coach and a new offensive coordinator. They have a full range of options they can go to in terms of game planning as the Vols have no film to study on UCLA’s new system. Think Norm Chow is drooling?

2. Conference pride- So much is made about the whole SEC/PAC 10 thing. UCLA has a chance to shut a lot of people up in this game.

Vegas thinks: Tennessee by 7.5
I think: I picked UCLA in this game in my pick’em contest. But I have since had a change of heart. Tennessee wins big.
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Top 10:

There are 2 to go in my NBA list. Neither guy needs introduction. So here goes.

Number 2 NBA player: LeBron James

James came into the NBA with all of the hype in the world and hell, he has been every bit as good as advertised.

But in my eyes, James has evolved from a boy into a man in the past two seasons and has learned how to take his team on his shoulders and will his way to W’s.

LeBron is just so much bigger, so much stronger and so much more athletic than everyone else on the basketball floor at all times. He may be a guard/forward in the program, but he is a defensive end in terms of strength and that has allowed him to evolve into a fabulous NBA player.

No. 1 comes tomorrow.
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NFL game:

NFC South:
Carolina Panthers – 7-9 – The Panthers will be better. Just not back to their Superbowl form of years past. Definitely not with Steve Smith out for the first four weeks.
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NFC North:
Chicago Bears – 6-10 – Kyle Orton? Really? If the Bears had anyone legit at QB, they would be a 10-12 win team, but not Kyle Orton.
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NFC East:
Philadelphia Eagles – 7-9 – When Donovan McNabb gets injured this season, where will the Eagles turn? Kevin Kolb maybe? I just don’t see it with this team. Westbrook is good, but how much can he do all by himself?
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NFC West:
Seattle Seahawks – 10-6 – The Seahawks are getting to be an old, stagnant, stale team. They remind me of the Cowboys before Troy Aikman retired in that they have enough talent to be decent, but not enough talent to win the big one. Expect the usual winning season, then early exit for the Hawks in Holmgren’s last season.
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AFC South:
Tennessee Titans – 7-9 – How the Titans have been winning the past few years is beyond me as they have done absolutely nothing to help Vince Young. With even shoddier receivers this year, lady luck will not be as kind to Tennessee and they will drop out of the playoff chase.
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AFC East:
Miami Dolphins – 4-12 – I like some of the things Bill Parcells has done. But signing Chad Pennington was not one of those things. With a roster full of 20-somethings, why hinder their development with a veteran when the team will stink anyway?

New York Jets – 9-7 – Brett Favre makes this team a threat. But they are a hair short of championship caliber this season.

New England Patriots – 12-4 – The Patriots went 16-0 this year and they could darn well make another run at perfection again. But I think last year taught them that it’s most important to peak in January and not in October, so I think they will be more conservative during the season.

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I’m pressed for time, so headlines and Youtube are off for today!

Have a good one!

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