1. MEANS SOMETHING
Plenty of people want LSU coach Les Miles to forget about any meaning of the season finale against Texas A&M and look to the future. So, basically, throw true freshman Brandon Harris out there. But this game does have meaning. Sure, LSU is out of the championship hunt, but the Tigers are playing a game against a team it often battles on the recruiting trail. They are also trying to keep alive the nation’s longest active streak of consecutive years with at least eight wins. It stands at 14 years.
2. WHO’S AT QB?
If you’re expecting to see a lot of Harris quarterbacking LSU, think again. Anthony Jennings is LSU’s starting quarterback, and he’s a guy that will likely play most, if not the entire, game against the Aggies. Odds of Harris playing in significant moments aren’t high (that hasn’t happened, after all, since his struggling start at Auburn on Oct. 4). Still, it could be worth inserting the young gun if the Tigers offense is struggling as it did at Arkansas. Right?
3. WINNING FORMULA
Since joining the Southeastern Conference in 2012, Texas A&M has beaten five of six SEC Western Division foes at least once. The Aggies have yet to topple LSU in two meetings. They’ve scored an average of 39 points in league games. Against LSU, they’ve scored 29 total points in two games. The Tigers’ defensive speed — especially with use of the Mustang package — baffled QB Johnny Manziel like no other. There’s a new QB taking snaps, though. Can the Tigers continue their recipe against A&M?
4. A RUNNING REBOUND
LSU is coming off its worst rushing performance in five years — 36 yards in the 17-0 loss to Arkansas. The Tigers had 22 designed runs and picked up 68 yards on them, a 3-yard average. Texas A&M is the perfect remedy for a squad looking for some run-pounding retribution from the chilly trip to Fayetteville. All but one SEC team this season has run for more than 150 yards against the Aggies, and five league squads have rolled up 280 or more rushing yards on A&M. Heck, even Rice had 240.