The LSU Tigers step out of conference this week to take on McNeese St. in Tiger Stadium. The 6-0 Tigers take a much needed break in SEC action before they have to hit the road again next week and travel to the plains of Auburn. McNeese St. will make their first trip to Baton Rouge, as this will be the inaugural game between these two universities.
What a difference a week makes. At this time last week, LSU fans wanted the coaching staff’s head on platter. This week it’s the fans holding the platter, serving up praises and good wishes to the players and coaching staff. The game this week should serve the fans well and also help the team focus on what they need corrected before their big matchup with Auburn next week.
McNeese comes into this game with a 2-3 record on the year and really banged up health-wise. Cowboy Head Coach Matt Viator announced this week that three players will be out for the year, two being their starting tailback and left tackle and the other a backup linebacker. The main thing for both of these teams is to get through this game with a clean bill of health and to get some experience for some of the younger players.
Coach Les Miles has been asked all week about who will play and how long. Of course, once you get past the coach speak, in his mind he would like to see the number one unit execute a mistake free first half and put enough points on the board to ensure victory so they can get some the younger guys on the field and get some work. The Tigers need to find a reliable backup for starting running back Stevan Ridley, who could use a break and refresh his legs for the stretch drive. Look for freshman Spencer Ware to get the first snaps and then you will probably see Michael Ford play a lot as well, much to the enjoyment of the fans.
However you want to look at it, this week serves a purpose for the team. There should be no setbacks, the offense needs to execute and not turn the ball over, and the team as a whole needs to cut down on penalties. That’s especially true with the game coming up next week in the state of Alabama; where officials love to throw those yellow hankies.