Two Matchups To Watch
LSU O-line vs. Troy’s front 7
No matter the opponent this week, the Tigers’ offensive line is expected to be in the spotlight. No position group on the team has endured a rougher two games than these five guys. Pass-blocking has been the primary issues, and that’ll get tested again by a Troy team with 9 sacks through the first four games of the season.
LSU D-line vs. Troy’s passing offense
The Trojans aren’t so dissimilar to the last opponent that played in Tiger Stadium. Troy isn’t as quick-paced as the Orange, but QB Brandon Silvers and the Trojans lean on the pass. They’ve attempted the 16th-most passes in the nation so far (158), and Silvers is averaging 271 through the air per game. They’ll clash with a D-line low on depth.
LSU: Keep An Eye On No. 40
Sophomore Devin White has emerged as the leader, emotionally and production-wise, on this LSU defense. The running back-turned-inside linebacker seems to find himself near the ball toward the end of each play, and he’s the guy in charge of aligning the front.
Troy: Keep An Eye on No. 5
Linebacker Sam Lebbie makes the Trojans defense go. The 6-3, 244-pounder has 17 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss through four games. The Washington, D.C. native was ranked by Scout.com as the sixth-best middle linebacker recruit in the 2013 class.
Numbers to know
Troy’s chance of beating LSU, per ESPN’s Football Power Index
LSU against current Sun Belt schools (2-0 versus Troy)
Consecutive LSU wins rushing for 100 yards, opponent under 100
LSU’s non-conference winning percentage since 2000, best in SEC