|Good football teams run good fake field goals|
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But the national media aren't sold on the Tigers as a real national title contender because of how they have been winning. Yet if LSU remain unblemished, they will remain in the Top 10 of all polls.
LSU welcomes in the 2-3 McNeese State Cowboys to Tiger Stadium. Here are three things to look for...
1. How will LSU run the two quarterback system?
The blueprint worked out beautifully versus Florida. LSU had both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee play the best game of the season versus Florida. The result was LSU's best offensive performance of the season.
Now the question will be where do the Tigers go from here.
Lee has been the spark plug LSU needed at quarterback. According to PreSnapRead.com, the Tigers have managed at least 385 yards of total offense in the last two games. This has been the first time they have accomplished that since 2007.
Oh yeah, Lee has two 4th quarter comeback victories against SEC opponents.
Jefferson has contributed to those wins as well. He has three rushing touchdowns in the last two weeks and finally reached the century mark again in passing vs Florida.
Against the 2-3 Cowboys, how will offensive coordinator Gary Crowton split the snaps? Will he have Jefferson start, Lee come in on the third series? And then have Jefferson play deep in the red zone and Lee in on every other play?
Or will Crowton try to throw the football with Jefferson? No. 9 told me earlier this week his completion to DeAngelo Peterson on the first drive "put his confidence through the roof."
My two cents on the quarterback situation... Lee needs to be the full time starter.
2. Can the special teams rebound after a rough week in The Swamp?
LSU made the biggest special teams play of the game on the fake field goal. But outside of whatever you want to call that, the Tigers had their first poor performance on special teams.
Patrick Peterson's Heisman campaign took a "Christine O'Donnell" versus Florida.
He fumbled a punt return which resulted in points for the Gators and was not on the field during the crunch time snaps because of cramps.
From getting to know Peterson, I would expect him this weekend to want to make some kind of big play to make up for lost time.
The kickoff unit also allowed an uncharacteristic touchdown return last week. Kicker Josh Jasper said their was a miscommunication on the play which allowed Florida's Andre Dubose to find a gaping hole on the play.
I would expect to see LSU have a strong day in special teams versus the Cowboys.
3. Who wins between Arkansas and Auburn?
|Many voters have Newton as Heisman frontrunner.|
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The Auburn Tigers will welcome in the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday in the must-see game of the weekend in college football. The Hogs only lost on the season came at the hands of Alabama Crimson Tide earlier this year.
Because of the Crimson Tide's loss last weekend versus South Carolina, the SEC West is now wide open. The four teams who everyone thought would be great football teams in the West are still in the hunt for the SEC Championship.
The story lines run deep between the Tigers and Hogs. The quarterback match up between Heisman hopefuls Cam Newton and Ryan Mallet features the two best signal callers in the SEC. Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn used to be in the same position at Arkansas. Auburn true freshman running back Michael Dyer played his high school ball in Little Rock, Ark.
On defense, Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is a three way battle with Marcell Dareus of Alabama and Drake Nevis for the best interior lineman in the conference. On the other side of the football, Arkansas defensive end Jake Bequette has been the Hogs most potent defender.
Even though the Tigers are at home, I like Arkansas to win this game. The chess match between Bobby Petrino and Malzahn will be fun to watch, but Auburn's defense is not playing as well as Arkansas'.
Not much to say about this one. LSU wins big.
LSU 38 - McNeese St. 10