Pick 6: Q&A with an opposing beat writer

Syracuse's Eric Dungey has accounted for nine touchdowns in the Orange's 2-1 start this season with five scores through the air and four on the ground. (AP File Photo)

THE BASICS

KICKOFF: 6 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium

TV: ESPN2

RADIO: WDGL-FM, 98.1; WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3; KLWB-FM, 103.7

SERIES: LSU leads 2-1

LAST MEETING: LSU 34, Syracuse 24 (Sept. 26, 2015 in Syracuse, N.Y.)

ON SYRACUSE

RECORD: 2-1

RESULTS SO FAR: Defeated Central Connecticut State 50-7 on Sept. 1, lost to Middle Tennessee 30-23 on Sept. 9, defeated Central Michigan 41-17 on Saturday

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Quarterback Eric Dungey, wide receiver Steve Ishmael, running back Dontae Strickland

DEFENSIVE LEADERS: Linebacker Parris Bennett, linebacker Zaire Franklin, defensive end Kendell Coleman

RUMBLINGS: Picked to finish sixth in the seven-team Atlantic Division of the ACC, Syracuse is off to a decent start under second-year coach Dino Babers even if the competition hasn’t been of the highest order.

ON THE ORANGE OFFENSE

Dungey, who was hurt and didn’t play against LSU in 2015, is Syracuse’s leading rusher. He has five TDs passing and four on the ground in leading his team to 491.0 total yards per game. Ishmael is a big-time outside threat who already has 34 catches.

ON THE ORANGE DEFENSE

After allowing just 84.3 rushing yards per game and 2.6 yards a carry in its first three outings, the Orange defense will be tested by LSU. Syracuse has been opportunistic on that side of the ball with seven takeaways — including three interceptions.

Sheldon Mickles

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