When the LSU Tigers and Furman Paladins meet on Saturday, one of the two teams will be coming off a victory from last week.
Hint—it won't be the team from the SEC.
That's right, Furman of the FCS is coming off a big win over Appalachian State. LSU, on the other hand, was dealt its second defeat of the season by Ole Miss last week, leaving the Tigers at 3-2 in the SEC and all but killing their chances at a national championship berth.
Below is everything fans will need to know about the impending matchup in Baton Rouge.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.
Television: TigerVision PPV
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: N/A
- Spread: LSU (-47)
Paladins Injury Report (via USA Today)
Injury info unavailable.
Tigers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Jeryl Brazil||CB||10/20/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Buffalo||Questionable||disciplinary/legal|
|Tahj Jones||LB||10/20/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Furman||Questionable||hamstring|
|Josh Williford||G||08/11/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||concussion|
Can LSU Gain Experience and Recover?
There's no way to sugarcoat this—it's going to be an ugly one from LSU as it enters the final prep stages for its showdown with No. 1 Alabama in two weeks.
#LSU coach Les Miles says that they would like to see backup QB Anthony Jennings play (more) this Saturday against Furman.— Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike) October 21, 2013
Freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings has attempted one pass in his collegiate career thus far, so giving him a half or more of playing time makes sense with star quarterback Zach Mettenberger headed to the NFL after this season.
Even better, the Tigers have a chance to get healthy. That is especially the case for senior fullback J.C. Copeland, as Shea Dixon of 247Sports points out:
Miles: J.C. Copeland (concussion) "was better today." I'd guess LSU won't use him vs Furman. Gives him 3 weeks rest for Alabama.— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) October 21, 2013
Furman has yet to travel outside of FCS play with its 3-4 record. It's a welcome break for LSU after a shocking loss to Ole Miss in which Mettenberger was intercepted three times while the Tigers defense allowed Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace to go 30-of-39 for 346 yards.
Improvement is needed all around—and fast.
Will Furman cover the spread?
Expect plenty of backups to see playing time in this one as a precursor of what is to come in LSU's future.
The Tigers are favored by over 40 points for a reason. The key for LSU this week is simply to stay healthy and recover further with a bye week on the horizon before its showdown with the Crimson Tide.
As part of LSU's homecoming festivities, the talented depth of Miles' recruiting classes will be on full display as the Tigers set their sights on bigger things in the coming weeks.
Look for LSU to win big.
Final: LSU 55, Furman 3
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