LSU Tigers vs. Oregon Ducks: What You Can Expect to See

Steven IlesContributor IAugust 29, 2011

LSU Head Coach Les Miles
LSU Head Coach Les MilesChris Graythen/Getty Images

Chip Kelly is in his third season at Oregon and has an overall record of 22-4 (.846) ranked preseason No. 3. The Ducks offensive coordinator is Mark Helfrich and the defensive coordinator is Nick Aliotii.

Les Miles is in seventh season at LSU with a record of 62-17 (.785), with a national championship under his belt. The Tigers offensive coordinator is Greg Studrawa and the defensive coordinator is John Chavis. 


What To Look for When Oregon Has the Ball

QB Darren Thomas (No. 5) completed 222-of-361 passes for 2,881 yards and 30 touchdowns. He had 93 rushes for 486 yards and five touchdowns.

LaMichael James (No. 17) had 208 yards and three touchdowns receiving and 294 rushes for 1,731 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Ducks QB Darren Thomas
Ducks QB Darren ThomasJonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Josh Huff (No. 19) had 303 yards and three touchdowns receiving. Ducks wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei (No. 36) had 396 yards and two touchdowns receiving, while tight end David Paulson (No. 24) had 418 yards and four touchdowns receiving.

LSU brings one of the nation’s top defenses into Saturday’s game as the Tigers were ranked 12th nationally in total defense (307.15 yards per game).


What To Look for When LSU Has the Ball

QB Jarrett Lee (No. 12), who is 5-4 as a starter, completed 54-of-89 passes for 573 yards and two touchdowns last year and has thrown for 2,643 passing yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. He will get the start for LSU.

Spencer Ware (No. 11) had 24 rushes for 175 yards and one touchdown and 10 receptions for 101 yards. Alfred Blue (No. 4) had 20 rushes for 101 yards and one touchdown, while running back Michael Ford (No. 42) had 45 rushes for 268 and three touchdowns, and two receptions for 30 yards and one touchdown.

Deangelo Peterson (No. 19) had 16 receptions for 198 yards. LSU’s Russell Shepard had 33 receptions for 254 yards and one touchdown, but Shepard is suspended due to an NCAA violation.

The Ducks defense was ranked 34th in total defense (346 yards per game).

LSU leads the series 2-1 with their last meeting coming in 1977 at Death Valley.