2010 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game: LSU-North Carolina Most Unpredictable Week 1 Game
If you enjoy watching games filled with mystery, thrill, and excitement, tune in to the LSU-North Carolina game Saturday night in Atlanta.
On one sideline are the Tigers of LSU lead by head coach Les Miles. Coach Miles defines unpredictability. Some call him "The Mad Hatter" for his gutsy play calls as well as his penchant in 2009 for making fans scratch their heads, wondering if he was watching the game.
On the other sideline is Tar Heels' head man Butch Davis. Unfortunately the only person involved with North Carolina's football program that is guaranteed to be on the field is Butch Davis.
With an ongoing NCAA investigation overshadowing the Tar Heels football program, Coach Davis may have to pull people out of the stands to suit up against LSU.
First it was a party down in South Beach that caught the attention of the NCAA, but then after a little digging they may have found academic infractions as well that could put a serious hurt on the football program.
In two previous Kickoff Games in Atlanta, the SEC has defeated the ACC. The NCAA investigation may help the SEC win its third.
Prior to the NCAA probe, the Tar Heels were expected to field a team returning 19 starters from 2009, including arguably the best defensive line and linebacker corps in all of college football. But again, it will be game time before we know who actually plays.
LSU, on the other hand, has questions going into the 2010 season and this game. The biggest question mark is at QB. Jordan Jefferson finished the spring without answering the questions surrounding him. RB Stevan Ridley returns, and expect Coach Miles to rely heavily on the run game to get Jefferson comfortable and productive.
If and when Jefferson gets it going, he'll have an excellent group of receivers to throw to. Former WR Brandon LeFell is now in the NFL, but still in Baton Rouge are Terrance Tolliver and Rueben Randle as well as newcomer and converted QB Russell Shephard.
If North Carolina can somehow overcome the challenges of the current NCAA investigation and field a competitive squad, then this could be a very entertaining game. LSU must also determine how to best play the Tar Heels since they too have no clue who Butch Davis will put on the field.
This game defines unpredictability for both good and bad reasons. Let's just hope the good overcomes the bad.
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