Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- John Larkin Turner, 8, of Mer Rouge, watches from the lawn of the Journalism Building, as the LSU players come down the hill Sept. 6 before the Tigers' game against Sam Houston State at Tiger Stadium.

Ross Dellenger

The big play has been LSU’s staple for success. Against Wisconsin, we saw touchdowns of 80, 36 and 28 yards. Last week, the Tigers had scores of 94, 28 and 46 yards. They’ve rarely marched down the field for a clock-eating drive. They might have to do that against good defenses. That problem won’t be had this week.

LSU 38, UL-Monroe 13

Sheldon Mickles

While LSU’s defense has dominated since the first drive of the second half of the season opener, they might have to work a little harder against UL-Monroe. The Warhawks have a balanced attack, so they’ll likely try to run the ball with Centarius Donald rather than take their chances probing the Tigers’ deep and talented secondary. Either way, it’ll be tough.

LSU 45, UL-Monroe 17

Scott Rabalais

With credible wins over Wake Forest and Idaho and a balanced offense, the Warhawks could make things as sticky as Saturday night’s humidity for LSU — if the Tigers let them. As long as LSU’s youngsters don’t suffer attention deficit, LSU’s talented offense kicks in the afterburners and makes ULM an afterthought by the second half.

LSU 45, UL-Monroe 6