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LSU and Ole Miss face off Saturday night in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at 6:15 p.m. CT. After reeling off back-to-back wins against Florida and Auburn, LSU is favored to beat Ole Miss comfortably. But that doesn’t mean the game will come without its challenges.
The Tigers should win, but here are three things they need to do to turn that “should” into a “did.”
1. Control time of possession
Ole Miss ranks 122nd in the nation in time of possession. Out of 130 teams. Even in its three wins, Ole Miss hasn’t led the time of possession battle in a single game this season. The Rebels like to move fast and strike quick with quarterback Shea Patterson. Keeping the ball out of his hands is a requisite to keeping the Rebels off the scoreboard. And a task easily achieved.
2. Get to Shea Patterson
Patterson has been sacked 16 times in 2017; 11 of those sacks came in Ole Miss’ three losses, including 5 sacks apiece against Alabama and California. That means Patterson is sacked one time for every 22.6 pass attempts in wins and once per every 11.3 attempts in losses.
3. Pound the rock
Vanderbilt. Baylor. UCLA. Those are the only three Power 5 teams allowing more yards per carry than Ole Miss. Thanks to averaging 5.50 yards per carry and scoring 16 touchdowns, teams are running the ball more than 43 times per game against the Rebels. That fits into LSU’s game plan, especially as the Tigers become healthier at running back and the offensive line.
College Football Parody
As regular readers of the Bayou Bengal Briefing know, I don’t like to write my game predictions. I sing them.
For this week’s College Football Parody, I took on the David Bowie classic “ Rebel Rebel.” I just made it plural. Get it?
Anyway, watch the video below for my score prediction for LSU-Ole Miss. And come back to the Bayou Bengal Briefing every Friday for more LSU song parodies.
In Derrius Guice news
In his Thursday press conference, LSU coach Ed Orgeron said running back Derrius Guice is as healthy as he’s been in a long time. He later clarified this is the healthiest Guice has been since he sustained his injury, assumedly against Mississippi State. Orgeron said it’s been awhile since Guice re-aggravated the injury, and trainers have told him Guice is closer to full health.
What does this mean for LSU? Well, in the present, it probably means Guice can help the Tigers gash Ole Miss’ porous run defense. But in the long run, this could be huge. Barring any setback against the Rebels, this all but assures a healthy Guice for when the Tigers visit Tuscaloosa, Ala., in two weeks.
Give Guice a clean game against Ole Miss. Follow that with a bye week. If all goes according to plan, LSU’s best offensive player will be 100 percent when the Tigers take on Alabama. That’s all fans can ask for.
Football fans like quarterbacks. They’re interesting. So, here are a few stories about quarterbacks you might’ve missed Thursday:
- What does LSU have to do to shut down Shea Patterson?
- What good news did 4-star LSU target Justin Rogers get?
- Is Danny Etling secretly one of the top QBs in the SEC?
Your weekly non-revenue LSU sports preview
Football isn’t the only sport at LSU. Here’s a preview of some of the other happenings in LSU athletics this weekend:
- Coming off a 1-0 loss to No. 11 Texas A&M on Thursday, the soccer team heads to Auburn for a Sunday afternoon match. The match begins at 5 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
- This is a busy weekend for the Tigers’ tennis teams. The men’s squad hosts the ITA Southern Regionals for five days, beginning Thursday and ending Monday. The women’s team is at ITA Southern Regionals in Auburn.
- Swimming and diving head to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a meet against Pitt and Virginia on Friday and Saturday.
This weekend in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, this Sunday is “ National Color Day.” Which, in my year of celebrating made-up holidays, has to be the vaguest.
So, uh, celebrate colors this Sunday. Any of them. Blue. Red. Green. Purple. Yellow. Brown. White. Black. Turquoise. Chartreuse. Topaz. Zinc. Aquamarine. Indigo. Cobalt. Seafoam. Amber. Beige. Eggshell. Orange.
Any of them. I don’t care which. Just celebrate the concept of colors. Apologies if you’re color blind. Dwayne can sympathize.
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