The Tigers are headed to New York to face Syracuse on Saturday. How do you think LSU will do? Here are some Advocate staff writers' predictions:
ROSS DELLENGER (2-0 in picks so far this season)
At QB, Syracuse is starting a walk-on who joined the team just a few months ago.
That's all that's needed here.
Oh, you want more? The Tigers have the frontrunner for the Heisman in Leonard Fournette going against a defense that's allowed chunks of yards and a team that struggled to beat Central Michigan a week ago. Could we see LSU's offense getting off to a sluggish start for an 11 a.m. kick? Yes, but they'll finish strong.
SHELDON MICKLES (2-0 in picks so far this season)
Syracuse, which is 3-0 for the first time in 24 years, could be playing No. 8 LSU with its third- or fourth-string quarterback - which could make for a long afternoon for the Orange. This is a team that was picked to win no more than three or four games this season, so LSU's offense and defense will push them in the right direction. Look for the Tigers offense to put on a powerful show on the ground - as usual. So, 4-0? Don't think so.
SCOTT RABALAIS (2-0 in picks so far this season)
My August prediction was LSU 34-16, but Syracuse will likely be without QB Eric Dungey, and LSU is better than expected. There is the concern of traveling to an unfamiliar place - most LSU players haven't been to New York, much less played a game there - and there is bound to be some hangover from the big Auburn win. That said, LSU would have to beat itself in this one. The talent gap is simply too great.