WVU fans will finally find out what their Mountaineers are made of as the gold and blue head to Baton Rouge to tango with the LSU Tigers. The Mountaineers will enter Saturday’s match up ranked 22nd while the Tigers will be ranked 15th. To add to the hype of this game, let me also throw out that both teams are 3-0 on the season.
To me, there are two key match ups that will decide the outcome of this game: WVU’s O-line against LSU’s D-line and WVU’s DB’s against LSU’s WR’s. It’s no big secret that the Mountaineer’s offensive line had a ton of trouble protecting Smith a couple of week’s ago when they played Marshall. Things won’t get any easier because LSU brings in a very stingy defense that ranks 25th in overall defense and has only given up 34 points on the season. Numbers aside, I watched LSU during their week 1 match up with North Carolina and their front four looked super fast. The big homies up front for the Mountaineers better bring an extra lunch pail because it’s going to be a long day for them.
As for the LSU wide receivers against the Mountaineer defensive backs, I look for LSU to test whichever corner replaces Brandon Hogan (still suspended but it’s no longer an indefinite suspension). Again, if you’ve watched WVU at all this season you know that their last three opponents have all thrown a touchdown pass of 80 yards or more against the Mountaineer secondary. Now, to be fair, LSUfans would be impressed if their team could complete 3 passes of 8 yards or more much less 1 for 80 or more. Understand that LSU’s offense ranks a dismal 115th in passing and 91st in total offense (if you really think about it, it’s amazing that they’re 3-0). Numbers aside, with the size and relatively good speed LSU has at the wide receiver position I’ve got a feeling that they’ll make a big play or two against the Mountaineer secondary.
Although its only the fourth game of the season, it must be mentioned that this LSU game is considered to be the biggest on the schedule by a number of Mountaineer fans. That said, I’m picking against the Mountaineers this week with my final score LSU 14 WVU 10. Sad to say, but I’m not quite sold on this WVU team as serious top 25 team. Not only that, but I just think that crowd in Baton Rouge will be so loud that Smith and the rest of the offense will have trouble hearing and understanding the play calls. Thank goodness this one will be televised on ESPN2 and not ESPNU so that college football fans across the country can enjoy what should be a thriller.
About the Author
Written by Jason Lee
Born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, I've been a sports fan probably since I was about 9 years old! A 2002 graduate of Mount Union College (Alliance, OH), I've had the opportunity to cover some great high school football on the radio in both Ohio (working with WHBC in Canton) and in West Virginia (I currently work with Bristol Broadcasting in Charleston). I also keep an on-line journal/blogs on my own website.