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LSU assistant manager of facilities and grounds Hunter Sexton adds gold paint to the "Eye of the Tiger" at centerfield of LSU's Tiger Stadium, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, ahead of LSU's home opener against Jacksonville State on Saturday.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

The Advocate's staff predicts this week's LSU football game:

Ross Dellenger

This is no cakewalk. The Gamecocks are ranked No. 5 and played in the Football Championship Subdivision championship game last season. They have a handful of former Football Bowl Subdivision players, but the Tigers have the top talent.

LSU 34, Jacksonville State 13

Sheldon Mickles

LSU has a bruised ego, which should serve it well against a talented FCS team. The problem: No one is feeling sorry for the Tigers — especially the Gamecocks, who will be looking to spring a monumental upset in Tiger Stadium.

LSU 31, Jacksonville State 17

Scott Rabalais

My preseason pick for this game was LSU 45-25. Then I watched the Tigers on offense against Wisconsin. Not that LSU can’t score against Jacksonville State, but I expect the Tigers will still be in a state of shock. LSU wins, but it won’t be pretty.

LSU 25, Jacksonville State 13

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