LSU Has Clear Advantage Over UNC in Week One Showdown

Zacerry HerbertContributor IAugust 11, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 31:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the LSU Tigers celebrates on the field during the Chick-fil-A Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on December 31, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Every day, there is new information that comes out regarding scandal or rule infractions in college football.

These scandals involve agents and recruiting violations along with assorted off the field troubles.

One team that has had a relatively quiet offseason regarding scandals is the LSU Tigers.

While many teams must deal with the media and the NCAA in the build up to the college football season, the Tigers can go about their practices, focusing solely on the North Carolina Tar Heels, their first opponents.

The same cannot be said for the Tar Heels, who have been the center of multiple scandals throughout the offseason.

The most recent scandal involves former UNC player, Kentwan Balmer, paying for 2009 Tar Heels Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas to travel to California for workouts.

This is not the first problem the program has had this offseason, as they are also under investigation for players possibly receiving improper benefits from agents.

Being under investigation by the NCAA is sure to affect the focus of the Tar Heels players leading up their top 25 showdown with the Tigers.

Even without the investigations and controversy, the LSU Tigers may outmatch the Tar Heels on the field.

With experience under his belt, LSU QB Jordan Jefferson has the chance to become a very explosive weapon for the Tigers. Wide receivers Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard are hoping to step up in their sophomore seasons.

After switching to WR to get on the field more routinely, Shepard should be able to utilize the weapons that made him the top QB prospect in high school.

Randle had a quiet freshman year in the shadow of Brandon Lafell and returning receiver, Terrance Tolliver, but he definitely has the ability to be a top receiver.

Tolliver had a solid season for the Tigers last year with 735 yards and three TDs and can turn into Jordan Jefferson's key target throughout the season.

This talented receiving core will cause problems for the Tar Heels as well as every other team on LSU's schedule.

On defense, LSU has the makings of the top CB duo in the nation in Patrick Peterson and Mo Claiborne.

Peterson is a projected early first-round pick in the next NFL draft and can shut down opposing receivers, all while being an absolute ball hawk.

Kelvin Sheppard is returning at linebacker for the Tigers and is going to be key to the defense throughout the year.

If Chancey Aghayere can be a force on the defensive line, this LSU defense could shut down some of the top offenses in the country.

Although T.J. Yates is solid at QB for the Tar Heels, the Tiger defense will be too much for Yates and the UNC offense.

This LSU team is flying under the radar and outmatches the Tar Heels. Add this to the fact that UNC is surrounded by controversy and investigation, and LSU should win this game with ease.

A Week One win for the Tigers will show the rest of the nation that they can make a title run and that they should not be underestimated.