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Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) runs but is chased down for a loss by LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips (6), LSU linebacker Corey Thompson (23) and LSU safety Grant Delpit (9) 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

The Advocate's writers have made their picks for LSU vs. Troy on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

SCOTT RABALAIS:

LSU 38, Troy 15

This is the Tigers’ last chance at fine-tuning the engine before a gauntlet of SEC games Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama — that will define LSU’s season. The Tigers quickly build a lead but their ability to bury the Trojans will be trumped by a desire to get a lot of subs into the game — many for the last time.

ROSS DELLENGER:

LSU 27, Troy 13

In many ways, the Tigers limp into this one. Their best defensive lineman is out, their star running back is injured and their offense is in a state of flux - struggling on the line and potentially rotating at quarterback. Picked to finish second in the Sun Belt Conference, the Trojans could pose a problem in this homecoming affair.

SHELDON MICKLES:

LSU 35, Troy 20

LSU can't afford to overlook Troy, a team that won 10 games a year ago. The Trojans are extremely capable on offense and have a run defense that ranks in the top 15 in the FBS. The Tigers are still trying to figure some things out on both sides of the ball. Could this be the breakout game for the offense?

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