Don’t pay attention to the score in this one. Keep your eyes on the quarterbacks. True freshman Brandon Harris appears to be gaining on sophomore Anthony Jennings. His late rally against Mississippi State didn’t just turn the heads of fans. Les Miles and his staff are expected to give the rookie more chances. If he handles those chances well enough — who knows? — he might be starting next week at Auburn.
LSU 56, New Mexico State 7
Thanks to last week’s loss, LSU has plenty to work on in what normally is a dress rehearsal for the final seven SEC games and what amounts to a chance to give playing time to guys who usually don’t get any snaps. The players believe there has to be a sense of urgency to get things squared away before games at Auburn and Florida, so look for the Tigers to be all business.
LSU 49, New Mexico State 8
LSU is going to win this game. The questions are, by how much and how good are the Tigers going to look doing it? Making progress toward settling the quarterback situation, using more pages of the playbook and shoring up the center of the defense are all key concerns. As noncompetitive, nonconference games go, this one holds plenty of intrigue.
LSU 52, New Mexico State 10