Gallery: Mississippi State at LSU _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- LSU cheerleaders perform before the Tigers face Mississippi State on Sept. 20 in Tiger Stadium.

1. Eyes on Harris

Doesn’t it seem like we spend one of these four downs on the quarterbacks each week? Yes, because we do. LSU’s QB competition between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris has never been so heated. All eyes will be on Harris on Saturday. The big question: Will Harris enter in a competitive game? In the past three games, Harris has entered with LSU up big or down big. But Les Miles said he earned more playing time with his furious final four minutes against Mississippi Sate.

2. Defensive changes

Miles has hinted of change, and at least one player said change is coming. Personnel changes are not exempt. So what will LSU change? We can only guess based on Miles’ and players’ comments. Backup middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith should see more playing time in place of D.J. Welter, Miles said. Sounds as if Lewis Neal will get more action at defensive tackle, and watch for safeties Rickey Jefferson and Jamal Adams to get more time.

3. Offensive philosophy

The fans want offensive change. They want LSU to spread out offensively, jump into the shotgun and start slinging the ball. They want Miles to drop the I-back, two-tight end, pound-and-ground scheme. According to ESPN stats and info, LSU has run the most plays (80) with at least two RBs and two TEs plus two or less WRs of any team in nation. Don’t look for wholesale changes, but LSU seems to have success with Harris at QB when running out of a shotgun-spread look.

4. On the line

Expected to be the strength of the team, the unit has been, arguably, the biggest disappointment to date. Linemen struggled against Mississippi State to get a push. The Tigers couldn’t score on four plays from the 2-yard line. Miles said on his radio show “our lines were not good in that game.” Now, how will they get better? Before heading into hostile environments of Florida and Auburn and facing stiff fronts, the line must improve against the Aggies.