Katrina Relief Game: LSU-Tulane Preview

Ryan BlanchfieldAnalyst ISeptember 26, 2007

IconThis week, Les Miles' Bayou Bengals will venture 65 miles down I-10 to face the Tulane Green Wave.

Both teams will be wearing alternate uniforms to raise money for Katrina victims.

LSU may be tempted to look ahead to Florida next week, but I doubt they're taking the Green Wave lightly.

When LSU has the ball...

LSU has adapted the two-QB offense with great success. Fifth-year senior Matt Flynn is the starter, while redshirt sophomore Ryan Perrilloux also gets significant playing time.

LSU has a stable of backs who have been running the ball well, namely Jacob Hester and Keiland Williams.

WR Early Doucet is out this week and possibly next with a groin injury, but Brandon LaFell has picked up the slack in his absence. Doucet hopes to return next week to play against the Gators.

Senior Antonio Harris is the unquestionable leader of Tulane's defense. He has started EVERY GAME of his career. Last week, he had a career-high 11 tackles (four for a loss) and three sacks. Harris aside, the Wave's defense is filled with holes.
When Tulane has the ball...

RB Matt Forte was Offensive Player of the Week last week, rushing for 303 yards and five touchdowns in Tulane's win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Forte's impressive performance broke Tulane and Conference USA records. But that was Southeastern Louisiana; this is LSU.

This LSU defense is simply incredible. Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson anchor the nation's best D-line. The Tigers returned all three starters at linebacker (namely Ali Highsmith) as well as both CBs. SS Craig Steltz also leads the nation in INTs.

LSU's offense is good, but you don't need much of an offense to win games with this defense.

A heads up to Tulane: Watch out for a fake field goal.

"I was trying to think of what to do in the end zone because I'd never been there before," said LSU PK Colt David on last week's fake field goal that went for a TD.

Prediction: LSU obliterates Tulane 49-3.