If you're a fan of blowouts, then Week 3's matchup between the LSU Tigers and Idaho Vandals is just for you.
Les Miles' squad is coming off a huge 41-3 win over the University of Washington. The Tigers were certainly favored in that game, but many figured the Huskies' high-powered passing attack would at least find the endzone a couple of times.
Considering the Pac-12's success on Saturday, that was an absolute statement game from LSU.
Idaho, meanwhile, has been making the opposite of statements. Just a year removed from a 2-10 season in the all-mighty WAC, the Vandals have started 2012 with losses at home against Eastern Washington and at Bowling Green State.
Now they get to travel to Baton Rouge.
When: Saturday, September 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
Listen: Channel 80 on Sirius or Channel 198 on XM. Find the complete list here.
Live Streaming: WatchESPN
Betting Line: LSU (-42.5)
Idaho Injuries (via USA Today)
LSU Injuries (via USA Today)
T Chris Faulk, Knee, Out
What's at Stake?
Um. Not a whole lot.
I suppose, technically, LSU's national title aspirations are at stake. If they lose this game, the chances of the Tigers making the final bowl game of the year will be slim-to-none. But, if they lose this game, the world is probably going to end, so it doesn't really matter.
On the other side, Robb Akey likely just wants his squad to show some respectability and not back down. After an encouraging eight wins in 2009, Idaho has taken a step back in each of the past two years. But a touchdown against the Tigers would help the outlook a little bit.
Idaho Player to Watch: Dominique Blackman, QB
You want efficiency? Then just watch Blackman.
The junior QB has only thrown one touchdown versus one interception, but he's completed 81.1 percent (!) of his throws (30-of-37) for 352 yards. That's a cool 9.5 yards per attempt.
He's not going to have a lot of time against LSU's scary defensive line, but at least the former three-star recruit gets a chance to prove himself against a top team in the nation.
LSU Player to Watch: Alfred Blue, RB
You know about LSU's defense. You also know that junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be absolutely crucial to the success of this team.
But once the Tigers get up by 35 or so, they likely won't bring as much pressure on the defensive end and won't let Mettenberger sling it too much. That could happen by the second quarter.
That means the running game will be on display, and that means more Alfred Blue. The junior, with a ridiculous 7.5 yards per carry through two games, is quickly establishing himself as a top running back in this run-heavy league.
Look for a huge game out of him on Saturday.
You don't need to know much. LSU is scary talented all over the field and Idaho is struggling just to keep up with Division 1 FCS schools.
This one is going to get ugly.
LSU 52, Idaho 0
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