The LSU Tigers improved to 4-1 overall & (2-0) in SEC play scoring 21 unanswered points to win 21-17 after overcoming a 17-0 deficit in the first half vs the Auburn Tigers on the road.
It was clear that the strip sack by edge rusher B.J Ojulari & Jay Ward scooping up the fumble to return it 23 yards for a touchdown was the turning point in the game. It’s probably safe to say if this play doesn’t happen, the Bayou Bengals would have gotten routed in this one.
1.) The passing game for LSU was very below average finishing with 85 yards. Running back John Emery led the team in receiving with 39 yards, which is not a formula for success
2.) The running game was pretty solid with all three backs Josh Williams, John Emery, & Noah Cain averaging over 4.0 yards a carry. They combined for 126 yards rushing & controlled the clock in the second half.
3.) Although the defense gave up over 400 yards of total offense, they forced 4 turnovers & played lights out in the second half.
4.) Edge rusher B.J Ojulari continues to raise his draft stock with how he played
True freshman linebacker Harold Perkins is ascending right before our eyes
Defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy is a MAN in the middle
Defensive backs Jay Ward, (Arkansas transfer) Greg Brooks, & (UL-Lafayette) Mekhi Garner were terrific most of the game. They’ve also been the most consistent in the secondary through the first 5 games
5.) To say LSU has to true freshman starting at both tackle spots & two sophomores at guard, the offensive line stood out. Daniels had a plethora of time to throw the ball on many occasions & they were able to run the ball effectively.
KEYS TO BEATING TENNESSEE - Spread at -2.5 Tennessee
1.) Jaiden Daniels can’t lead the Tigers in rushing & he’ll have to throw for 225 yards or more especially with Tennessee’s secondary being 1 of if not the biggest weak link on the team
2.) Hold Tennessee’s offense under 28 points because they’re averaging a whopping 48 points per game
3.) Defense needs to force at least 2 turnovers
4.) Hold the Vols quarterback Hendon Hooker under 40 yards rushing
5.) The offense needs to convert at least 50% or better on third downs
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