No. 1-ranked LSU returns to Tiger Stadium to play Kentucky at 11:21 a.m. ABC is televising game.
The last time Kentucky played LSU, the Wildcats beat the No. 1-ranked Tigers 43-37 ina double overtime in 2007 in Lexington.
The 'Cats (2-2, 0-1 SEC) have turned the ball over 10 times already this season, ranking ninth in turnover margin (+2). That could mean a lot of extra possessions for the Tigers.
Kentucky has struggled against the run this season so expect to see a lot of Spencer Ware and Michael Ford early in the game. Backups Alfred Blue and Kenny Hillard might get some opportunities to show their running skills late in this one.
Kentucky linebacker Danny Trevathan and linebacker/safety Winston Guy rank first and third in SEC tackles.
The Wildcats have had trouble protecting their quarterback. Only two teams in the country have allowed more sacks than Kentucky (10). That could mean disaster when facing a wrecking crew like LSU's defensive line. The Tigers defense is averaging 8.5 tackles for loses per game.
Newton has thrown for five touchdowns and six interceptions. He has led the Wildcats offense to 23 punts and an SEC second-worst 10 giveaways. La 'Rod King is their leading receiver with 19 catches for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns.
A big question about the game is will Kentucky score a touchdown on Saturday. In the Wildcats' last two trips to Death Valley they've absorbed an 83-0 whitewashing.
Prediction: Lay the 30 points. The Tigers will win, 45-7.
College picks: Air Force +3 1/2 over Navy (lock); Boise State over Nevada +27 1/2; Stanford -21 over UCLA; Alabama -3 1/2 over Florida; Purdue +12 over Notre Dame; Wisconsin -9 1/2 over Nebraska; Fresno State -3 1/2 over Ole Miss; Virginia Tech -7 over Clemson. Last week: 8-3 (against points). Season" 32-12.
LSU is rolling out a text messaging service to assist fans with questions and other issues that may arise during football games in Tiger Stadium.
LSU TEXT is a service provided by the LSU athletic department in an effort to assist fans with issues in the following areas: guest services, security, stadium, facilities within the stadium, and unruly fans.
“We are rolling out this service in an attempt to better meet the needs of our fans through technology that is readily available to just about everyone,” David Taylor, LSU’s director of event management said. “We think this will enhance the game day experience for our fans, while at the same time allowing our game management team a more efficient way to respond to the needs of our fans.”
For those fans wishing to use the LSU TEXT system, simply text “LSU”, your issue and location to 69050. A member of LSU’s game management team will respond to your text. Regular text messaging rates will apply.
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