It’s Gameday!

After a week away from football, LSU will be back on the field tonight at 7:00 to take on 0-2 North Texas.

LSU is a 41-point favorite in the game and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone out there who thinks the Mean Green have a legitimate shot to win this game. But with that being said, this is a very important game for LSU as it serves as their final buffer before arguably their biggest game of the season next weekend against Auburn.

I think there are five things LSU wants to figure out in this game.

1. Quarterback mambo – LSU wants to find a clear cut, undisputed leader at this position before Auburn. The coaches like Hatch’s calmness in the pocket. But they like Lee’s deep ball. Unless LSU plans to do some sort of wicked cloning in the next week or so, they can’t have them both on the field, so they will need to figure out who they like the most and which one will take the team into the stretch run of the season.

2. Sharpness – With only one game under their belt against a woefully outmanned Appalachian State team, LSU wants another dress rehearsal. That is why regardless of where LSU had to go to play this game, the game would have been played. Pay attention to LSU’s tackling, penalties and blocking crispness. Those are the three things that are sometimes affected by rust.

3. Identity – Team’s make their biggest improvement from the first game to the second game. The LSU team we see tomorrow will be pretty close to what we’re going to see the rest of the season. This time tomorrow, we will have an idea of what kind of year it will be in Baton Rouge.

4. Kickoffs – LSU was miserable. Absolutely miserable on kickoffs against Appalachian State. In a game where they plan to score several points, they should have plenty of opportunities to correct this problem. Special teams are an underrated aspect of a game. Starting at your own 37 yard line compared to your own 20 yard line is a huge, huge difference that can cost a team a game or two down the road.

5. Realism in an unrealistic game – Look for LSU to treat this game like it were an SEC game. They will be able to pound the ball for 5-6 yards every play on the ground. But I think they will refrain from doing what they know will work best so that they can run the most realistic plays in an SEC setting.

I’ve given my prediction for this one. I think LSU wins in a big one. The keys here are experience and health. The team can not afford to lose a big gun in this game.
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In Saints news, the team announced they will be without three defensive starters for Sunday’s game with the Redskins.

Linebacker Scott Fujita will miss the game with a knee injury and Roman Harper and Randall Gay will miss the game with hamstring injuries.

The Saints also announced linebacker Mark Simoneau will miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

Combine these four casualties with the already announced loss of Marquis Colston and the Saints have been bitten by quite the injury bug after just one game.

The team better lick their sounds . . . In a hurry if they expect to compete. For what was just an average defense to begin with, losing three starters and your top reserve linebacker is not a recipe for success.

We’ll see what this means for Sunday’s game with the Skins.
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There is a heavy SEC schedule this week. Here are my picks for the week in the SEC slate.

Bama 44
W. Kentucky 10

Miss St. 17
Auburn 14

Georgia 34
S. Carolina 14

Kentucky 42
M. Tennessee 10

Ole Miss 35
Samford 0

Tennessee 27
UAB 14

Vanderbilt 24
Rice 21

It should be a good week of football.
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Headlines:

Wells out against Trojans – I am still skeptical as to how true this all actually is. But if it is indeed true, it’s bad news for the already underdog Buckeyes.

USF beats Kansas on late FG – Good ball game. Neither team is legit. But this was a good ball game none the less.

Red Sox roll, get to 2 back in AL East – Keep an eye on the way this plays out the final few weeks, but I see the Sox still winning the division. Especially with Percival on the shelf again.

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YouTube Video of the Day

Will he get the last laugh?

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I will end again by saying that the people on the Texas coast and southwestern coasts of Louisiana are in my prayers tonight. Ike is a massive, massive Katrina-like storm in size. All we can do is pray that the Lord has mercy on those in its path.

That’s all for me. Enjoy the games tonight.

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