Three losses.

No hope of an SEC title.

And a struggling freshman quarterback.

That’s virtually the three-sentence summary of LSU’s entire season to this point. But the next chapter of the season will play out tonight when LSU takes on an upset-minded Troy team.

Troy is a good, solid opponent — exactly the type of opponent you should schedule if you are scheduling a non BCS conference team.

They’ve had near misses in the past (one being in Tiger Stadium) and they’ve proven they will not be afraid of anyone.

But let’s not kid ourselves. LSU is a far superior team talent-wise and if they play to their ability, they should win easily.

Here are my keys for each team.

KEYS FOR LSU:

1. Take care of the ball – One of the only ways Troy should be able to score is if LSU gives points to them. If LSU commits one turnover or less, there should be no problems in this game.

2. Emotion – LSU is playing for nothing but pride in this game. Will the team have a hangover after a crushing loss 7 days ago? Or will they play with fire on this homecoming night?

3. White flag? – With LSU out of it in the standings, will Les Miles play guys like Terrance Toliver more? Will we see more of Jordan Jefferson? Ridley? We’ll find out.

KEYS FOR TROY:

1. Start fast – I expect a somber crowd by LSU standards early on. Don’t give them an excuse to get rowdy.

2. Get to halftime – Troy should treat this like two separate games. Just get to halftime with a chance to win and you should be fine.

3. Defensive/Offensive lines – Troy does not give up very many sacks. But they get a lot of them on their own. If they pressure Jarrett Lee, we know how that story might play out.

PREDICTION: On a very windy night, LSU plays ground and pound and gets 250+ on the ground in a sound win.

LSU 34

Troy 10

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That’s all for me.

Take care!

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