No. 13 LSU has plans for four quarterbacks heading into its game against No. 14 Wisconsin: two for the pair of quarterbacks the Badgers plan to play, and two for its own quarterbacks.
All four will see the field when the two teams tangle Saturday night in Houston.
Wisconsin is expected to start converted-safety Tanner McEvoy but will play pocket passer Joel Stave.
Coach Les Miles reaffirmed Wednesday that LSU will play both sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris.
The Tigers have a plan for each quarterback, but Miles isn’t revealing it.
At least one player said this week that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has “a package” for each Jennings and Harris.
Jennings is about 25 pounds heavier than Harris and threw the ball poorly in the one start of his career, against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. Harris, also a runner who players say is quicker, showed a vertical passing game during the spring game.
“There’s a plan. We’re going to do those things that we feel like will benefit both quarterbacks and play them appropriately,” Miles said Wednesday. “It’s not something I’m going to reveal.
“I don’t think there’s any tremendous magic to it. We like both guys. Both will play.”
LSU has a plan, too, for Wisconsin’s dissimilar pair of quarterbacks. McEvoy is seen as more of a runner, while Stave is a prototypical pocket passer.
Stave threw for the second-most touchdowns in Wisconsin history last season, but he missed most of spring practice because of injury and watched McEvoy make the starting spot a battle.
McEvoy, a junior-college transfer who started three games at safety last season, passed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 414 yards and six touchdowns in his lone season as the starter at Arizona Western.
“We certainly recognize that Stave is their starter from a year ago. You certainly see him on field, you realize he can really throw it,” Miles said. “You kind of prepare that piece. You recognize McEvoy is the athlete. You recognize … you watch his spring game and he has real athleticism.
We’re prepared for really both styles and looking forward to adjusting to whichever guy they play.”
LSU has won an NCAA Division I-best 45 straight nonconference regular season games, including a 35-0 record under Miles.
The Tigers have also won a school-record 11 straight season openers, including a 9-0 mark under Miles. Both streaks date to LSU’s 26-8 loss at Virginia Tech to open the 2002 season.
Wisconsin has won 16 straight season openers, third-best mark in the Football Bowl Subdivision.