LSU vs. Oregon Preview

The Matchup: No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 4 LSU

When: September 3, 2011

Where: Arlington, Texas – JerryWorld

Game Time: 7:00 PM

TV: ABC

What You Need To Know About Oregon:

The Oregon Ducks are the preseason Pac-12 favorite, and they are the defending runner-up to the Auburn Tigers in last year’s National Championship game. The Ducks return a ton of skill position players, with quarterback Darron Thomas and running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner all returning. Thomas threw for over 2,800 yards and 30 touchdowns. James finished with 1,730 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

If you give James or Barner a crease, they will break off a long one real quick.

The Ducks did lose their 1,000-yard receiver in Jeff Maehl.

The Ducks do, however, return only two starters along the offensive line. So it will be interesting to see how this affects their game or ability against another tough defensive line in LSU.

Oregon’s defense will be a physical and athletic bunch, similar to the offense and similar to last year.

What You Need To Know About LSU:

LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson might not even be able to play in this game because of an incident at a local bar. We’ll know more later as we approach the game.

LSU is talented, physical and fast, both on offense and defense.

We’ll get a look at the Tigers’ new offense installed first by Steve Kragthorpe (later resigned from the play-calling duties) and Greg Studrawa (took over for Kragthorpe). That offense may include or may not include Jefferson, but backup Zach Mettenberger certainly looks the part at quarterback. He’s a big kid with a big arm, and he looks really good moving around in the pocket with his footwork.

No matter who the quarterback is, they will need to get the ball to receivers Rueben Randle and Russell Shepard because they are very talented.

Defensively, LSU is going through some changes and questions at linebacker, but the defensive line and secondary will be fine.

Matchup I’m Watching:

For this game, I’m interested in seeing what this LSU defensive line can do to the Oregon offensive line because of the loss of three starters.

You have to think LSU’s defense will be better for the longevity of the season than Auburn’s a year ago, but can they put it together in game one?

If LSU wins this game, it will be close; however, if Oregon wins, it could be two touchdowns or more. I just get that feeling.

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  • This should easily be one of the best games of the season. i cant wait for opening saturday! go georgia and lsu, show em what SEC football’s all about!

    • Oregon found out how tough the SEC is last year… Boise State will find out next weekend… roll tide!

      • Setting the fanboy quality analysis aside, Oregon kept it close against a physically dominant Auburn team. Without Nick Fairley disrupting the offense, and Cam Newton’s athleticism, they wouldn’t have even made it to the national championship. And if you were to pit that today’s Auburn team against Today’s Oregon team, Auburn would likely get slaughtered.

        Moving to your statement, Georgia lost, just barely, to UCF. U-C-F, a team I like, and a solid, standout, team in their conference — Conference USA, so, they are not a powerhouse by any means. The idea that Boise State should fear Georgia is laughable. The idea that being in the SEC is even more laughable. Yes, several SEC teams dominate the country, the last 5 championships have been won by an SEC team, but that doesn’t mean the SEC, as a conference, is a big deal. You still have teams like Vandy, Kentucky, Ole Miss that are barely worth mentioning, Auburn won’t be a factor for the next year or so, Tennessee is incredibly young this year, and will just not be noteworthy (unless Dooley’s eyebrows cast some magical spell over all of their opponents.)

        I also can’t say how much I love the fact that Alabama fans insist on adding Roll Tide to everything, no matter how little it has to do with Alabama.

        • Haha, let’s review this statement:

          “Yes, several SEC teams dominate the country, the last 5 championships have been won by an SEC team, but that doesn’t mean the SEC, as a conference, is a big deal.”

          So you’re telling me the fact that the national championship has come from 1 conference through 4 different teams in 5 consecutive years is… ‘not a big deal’? The primary goal of every team is to win championships! If you asked any team in the country ‘What would be a dream season?’, they’d all say ‘Winning the National Championship’. The SEC has pulled this off 5 years in a row, no other conference has ever come close to that. I think that does qualify it as a big deal.

        • I don’t know what football games you are watching guy but it’s obvious its some low grade weak schedule little man football. Every time an overrated not SEC team faces an SEC they get destroyed. People think they are good, like Boise, because they are untested and play nobody. Roll Tide. A few years ago Ohio State was ranked #1 ALL SEASON LONG. When they faced the gaters in the BCS title match the gater won by 3 touchdowns. Your fighting a losing battle buddy.

  • Oregon could not have beaten any of the top 3 or 4 teams in last year’s SEC west. Top teams in other conferences just cannot compete with the speed and quickness of the defensive line players in the SEC.