LSU O vs Oregon's D... What do you guys honestly think about your offense vs. Oregon's D? Do you think Jordan Jefferson can beat Oregon with his arm if needed? From what I've seen, and from what I've read from LSU fans, Jefferson may struggle if it's put in his hands to win it. I've heard he struggles reading complicated defenses. Will he even be the starting QB? The reason I ask, is in the past three seasons, Oregon has held it's opponents under their rushing averages. 2008 (-28.54) 18 Rushing TD's, 2009 (-23.62) 15 Rushing TD's, 2010 (-33.0) 11 Rushing TD's. In these three seasons, only Toby Gearhart burned the Oregon D, but he was killing EVERY DEFENSE! But that was almost 2 years ago, and TG is in the NFL (Thank gawd!) Of the 7 games lost over the last 3 years (Boise State, USC, Cal in 2008, Boise State, Stanford and Ohio State in 2009, and Auburn in the NC), Only Stanford won the game because of the run. In 2010, Oregon only gave up 15 TD passes against this same secondary. So going to the air didn't work out to well either. After doing some research, LSU's returning RB's don't have a ton of experience. Now I hear Spenser Ware will be a beast, but without a bunch of reps, it's hard to tell how he'll do. Oregon historically has had some issues stopping larger backs (See Toby Gearhart). Mostly it's been that our tackles were never large enough to plug the middle. Running up the middle has been the place teams have taken advantage, as no one could run the edges against Oregon last year. Oregon's team speed on the front 7 was just to fast to do it. Hopefully that will change this year with 321 lb. 6' 4" DT Ricky Heimuli, who's been compared to Haloti Ngata. (Link) Oregon's game plan will be to stop the run (same as they've done for the past 18 or so years with Nick Allioti as the DC), and make Jefferson win it with his arm. If LSU has to go to the air, they will be going into Oregon's strength. 21 INT's last year with arguably the best secondary in the nation. I'm not saying Oregon will win. I have my concerns with the new Oregon O-line (With a new center) against that big, fast, experienced LSU Defense! AU's Nick Fairly is still giving Oregon fans nightmares, and that was with one of the better lines we've had in school history. Even with Heisman candidates Thomas and James, if the line can't block for them, Oregon won't do squat (See 2009 Boise State game). I believe Oregon has better athletes in place on the O-line this year as compared to that 2009 line, but who knows what will happen against that big, fast, and nasty LSU D-Line in the first game of the year. Usually Oregon has at least a game to tune up for a big opponent, so this game scares the sh- outta me! Could go either way really. Lots of question marks for both teams. And LSU hold the wild card in Les Miles! It will be interesting to see how things pan out. Cheers!