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LSU cornerback Andraez Williams (29) runs the ball back on the interception return as LSU linebacker Devin White (40) runs to block during the first half of LSU's football game against Syracuse Saturday Sept. 23, 2017, in Baton Rouge, La.. LSU won 35-26.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

Two Matchups To Watch

LSU O-line vs. Troy’s front 7

No matter the opponent this week, the Tigers’ offensive line is expected to be in the spotlight. No position group on the team has endured a rougher two games than these five guys. Pass-blocking has been the primary issues, and that’ll get tested again by a Troy team with 9 sacks through the first four games of the season.

LSU D-line vs. Troy’s passing offense

The Trojans aren’t so dissimilar to the last opponent that played in Tiger Stadium. Troy isn’t as quick-paced as the Orange, but QB Brandon Silvers and the Trojans lean on the pass. They’ve attempted the 16th-most passes in the nation so far (158), and Silvers is averaging 271 through the air per game. They’ll clash with a D-line low on depth.


LSU: Keep An Eye On No. 40

Sophomore Devin White has emerged as the leader, emotionally and production-wise, on this LSU defense. The running back-turned-inside linebacker seems to find himself near the ball toward the end of each play, and he’s the guy in charge of aligning the front.

Troy: Keep An Eye on No. 5

Linebacker Sam Lebbie makes the Trojans defense go. The 6-3, 244-pounder has 17 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss through four games. The Washington, D.C. native was ranked by Scout.com as the sixth-best middle linebacker recruit in the 2013 class.


Numbers to know

6.0 percent

Troy’s chance of beating LSU, per ESPN’s Football Power Index

36-0

LSU against current Sun Belt schools (2-0 versus Troy)

71

Consecutive LSU wins rushing for 100 yards, opponent under 100

.954

LSU’s non-conference winning percentage since 2000, best in SEC

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