Foxsports prediction re: LSU vs. Troy

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  1. HatcherTiger

    HatcherTiger Freedom Isn't Free

    Oct 24, 2002
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    Here is what Foxsports had to say about the LSU / Troy game. They were certainly right about the turnovers potentially making it an iteresting game:

    Why to watch: Can Troy pull off another shocker? The Trojans beat Missouri earlier this year with its fantastic defense and would love nothing more than to give the defending national champion a good game. LSU has had two weeks off to rest up after beating Florida 24-21 in one of the better games of the season. Troy hasn't done much in Sun Belt play hurt by its lousy offense, but the D has been nothing short of outstanding leading the league in every category and ranking 19th in the nation. LSU's defense isn't all that bad either.
    Why Troy might win: The defense is just good enough to cause some problems. LSU's offense isn't above turning the ball over losing it 15 times, so if the Trojans can force some mistakes and capitalize on them, this could be interesting. LSU's offense isn't always consistent and could struggle against a defense that allows fewer than 300 yards per game. Why LSU might win: As good as the Troy defense is, that's how bad the Troy offense is only averaging 285 yards and 21 points per game. LSU's D only allows 269 yards and fewer than 17 points per game. Troy has no hope of scoring more than two touchdowns unless there are extraordinary circumstances. LSU beat Arkansas State 53-3 earlier this year; Arkansas State beat Troy 13-9 last week.
    Who to watch: LSU head coach hasn't come out and unequivocally said that Marcus Randall will be his quarterback, but Randall has gotten most of the first team snaps in practice and is growing into the role as a team leader. JaMarcus Russell will still be in the mix, but it appears to be Randall's team for now. He'll have to contend with one of the nation's best pure pass rushers, Troy DE Demarcus Ware. Ware isn't huge, but he's lightning quick and tough for any offensive tackle to stay with.
    What will happen: Troy's defense will annoy the Tigers, but the offense isn't there to pull off the upset.
    Must See Rating: (5 lock yourself in a room to watch - 1 Taxi) ... 2
    Line: LSU -23
    Fearless Prediction: LSU 28 ... Troy 10

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