LSU vs. Tennessee


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LSU Offense vs. Tennessee Defense
Though LSU has shown good offensive balance thus far, expect the Tigers to show a strong commitment to the ground game this week. First off, they are in excellent position to wear Tennessee's front seven down over the course of the game. Losing Justin Harrell to a season-ending arm injury earlier this year robbed the Volunteers of one of their best defenders and weakened the depth at defensive tackle. OG's Brian Johnson and Herman Johnson are effective drive blockers and they are relentless once in position. They line up opposite DT's Turk McBride and Matt McGlothlin who lack ideal size making them vulnerable to wearing down. In addition, the ability of the offensive guards to move McBride and McGlothlin off the ball will make it easier to reach MLB Marvin Mitchell at the second level. Mitchell will regularly have to fight through blocks as a result and that makes him vulnerable to tiring as the game progresses. Making matters worse, RB's Alley Broussard, Jacob Hester, Justin Vincent, Charles Scott and Keiland Williams have carried the ball at least 23 times. Broussard should get the bulk of the work but offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher will keep his backs fresh by rotating them. Secondly, QB JaMarcus Russell struggled at Auburn and at Florida earlier this year so Fisher should use the run to take some pressure of him.

No. 13 LSU at No. 8 Tennessee
LSU vs. Tennessee

When: Nov. 4, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Knoxville, Tenn.
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