Five storylines: Towson vs. LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- In our weekly look at five storylines that can have a major impact on LSU's next game, we peek at the LSU opponent you probably know the least about, Towson.

1. Clean it up

LSU has had a tendency for penalties and poorly-timed turnovers this season. In its first three games, the Tigers got away with it. But they almost cost LSU a game in a 12-10 win over Auburn. LSU dominated statistically, but almost lost in no small part because of recurring turnovers and penalties. LSU needs that corrected before heading into the meat of its schedule (Florida, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Alabama, Mississippi State).

2. Elite? Show us!

In its own division, Towson is a Johnny-come-lately power ranked No. 12 in the Sports Network FCS poll and coming off a Colonial Athletic Association championship. FCS powers often display their quality by putting a scare into, or beating, bigger programs (think Appalachian State's famous 2007 upset of Michigan). Is Towson, reigning champion of arguably the best FCS conference, good enough to surprise people by competing well in Tiger Stadium, thus solidifying their status in the FCS?

3. LSU Defensive domination

LSU's defense has remained dominant this season, holding opponents to 10 points and under 200 yards a game offense. Can the Tigers keep that pace?

4. Mettenberger's progress

For all the talk of LSU working to improve its passing game with Zach Mettenberger, it hasn't happened yet. He's ninth among SEC quarterbacks in passing yards (194.5) and 11th in efficiency (147.9). Those numbers must improve.

5. Head West to the end zone

One of the most impressive statistics in Division I football is this: In 14 career games, Towson running back Terrance West has 34 touchdowns. Can the sophomore from Baltimore cross the goalline against one of the nation's best defenses?