Oregon versus LSU (Dallas)
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011
5:00 p.m. (PST) on ABC
LSU 34 – Oregon 31
What do Oregon and LSU have in common?
A. They both have 12:1 Vegas odds of making it to the BCS championship game.
B. Both teams will be ranked in the top five when they meet.
C. Both teams have tons of speed, talent, coaching and national spotlight.
All answers are correct but those BCS odds will change for one team after Sept. 3rd. Why does this game seem like déjà vu?
Because LSU will try to accomplish what the last three ranked OOC opponents Boise State, Ohio State and Auburn have been able to do to the Ducks. What was Oregon thinking when they scheduled LSU?
LSU and Oregon meet at the site of the Tigers’ last game of 2010, in Arlington, Tex. for the Cotton Bowl where they demolished touted quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Texas A&M. This five-hour drive is almost a home game for LSU. Despite tons of preseason over-hype, the Tigers defense will control the game with their defense.
Oregon’s defensive losses (DT Brandon Bair, DT Zac Clark and DE Kenny Rowe along the defensive front, as well as LB Casey Matthews, LB Spencer Paysinger, Sr. and CB Talmadge Jackson III), may be enough to allow LSU to exploit RB Spencer Ware’s running abilities and improve QB Jordan Jefferson’s passing attack. The indefinite suspension of cornerback Cliff Harris really hurt the Ducks as well.
Yes the Ducks have new replacements, but this is a top-rated SEC team, not Portland State. LSU arguably has the best defense in the country. Oregon's losses at wide receiver and along the offensive line will make a difference.
LSU will be gunning for the SEC championship and two big keys for the Tigers are their 4-3 defensive tackles. Michael Brockers is a 6'6", 255 lbs. top talent and 6'1", 280 lbs Josh Downs is every bit as good. Oregon's new starting guard Ryan Clanton and new Center Karrington Armstrong won't stop these two great players and LSU will stack the box all day long.
This is the best game of the opening weekend, and it will go down to the wire. The location swings this game LSU's way by the smallest of margins. The big game will continue to elude Oregon. This will be ABC's prime-time game shown nationally.