Two Matchups To Watch
LSU rushing offense vs. UT rushing defense
Missouri ran for 433 yards on the Volunteers. Let’s write that one again: Missouri ran for 433 – four hundred and thirty-three – yards against the Vols. That was the fifth time this season UT has given up at least 200 yards rushing in a game. LSU, its O-line and running back have broken that rushing barrier in six of 10 games this season.
Whoever is UT’s QB vs. LSU’s DBs
Tennessee has started three quarterbacks this season, and they’ve thrown 9 interceptions to 8 touchdowns. The Volunteers average just 165 yards passing a game, last in the league and 112th nationally. The Tigers rank 13th nationally in pass defense and have an SEC-leading four DBs with 7 pass-breakups or more.
LSU: Keep An Eye On No. 4
Freshman edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson might see more snaps than usual in this one. Arden Key is banged up (knee), and the rookie is his immediate backup. He’ll have ample opportunities against a Tennessee offense that’s struggled.
Tennessee: Keep An Eye on No. 82
The 6-6, 258-pound tight end is averaging 20 yards a reception, has scored two touchdowns and is “one of their best players,” coach Ed Orgeron said. The Tigers struggled in defending the tight end against Arkansas. They get another test this week.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
Games without a turnover for LSU, its opponents
4th quarter points allowed by LSU in its past 5 games
FBS stat categories where Tennessee ranks 101st or worse
Yards Derrius Guice needs for top five on LSU career rushing list