Tuesday, November 20, 2018

West Virginia at LSU

The quarterbacks will be in the spotlight when West Virginia heads to LSU in Week 4.

West Virginia offense vs. LSU defense
• The emergence of QB Geno Smith as a passer has led to a shift in the philosophy of West Virginia offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen, who is showing less of the option attack and trending to more of a traditional passing attack. Smith has shown poise, accuracy and maturity in his decision-making, but he will face a fierce challenge in a hostile environment against a loaded Tigers back seven that has been playing at a high level. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has done a great job mixing up looks, and thanks to CBs Patrick Peterson and Morris Claiborne, Chavis has the flexibility to play man-to-man coverage on either side of the field while showing a zone look on the other. Smith must get thorough pre- and post-snap reads this week because LSU does a great job of disguising its intentions. Smith has done a nice job of protecting the ball so far this season, but if he becomes anxious against LSU and forces throws into coverage, it could result in a costly turnover against an opportunistic LSU defense that had five interceptions last week.