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The LSU number 16 will make the long trip across the country when he hits the road for Saturday’s Week 1 game against UCLA in Pasadena, at the Rose Bowl in California. The long journey to one of the most iconic and picturesque venues of all sports will be a big test in the opening of the season for the team of Tigers coach Ed Orgeron, who is coming out of a season. Disappointing 5-5 a season after winning the national championship. championship.
They will face a Bruins team that looked pretty good in Week 0 in a 44-10 win over Hawaii. Running back Zach Charbonnet had 106 yards and three touchdowns, quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw 130 yards and the defense allowed just 26 rushing yards in the clear victory.
What will happen on Saturday night in Pasadena? Let’s break down the match and make some choices straight and against the spread.
Pressure on the Tigers: At SEC Media Days, Orgeron admitted to the mistakes he made after LSU’s 2019 national title race. Now he corrects them. He got out and hired Jake Peetz to execute an offense that will almost exclusively use five-man protections, which is exactly what the 2019 title-winning team did. Defensive coordinator Daronte Jones took over a group that seemed more than lost last year under Bo Pelini. Jones made it easy for the talent unit. The pieces are in place, but so is the sense of urgency. There is absolutely no way the Tigers can play like they did last year. If they do, there will be a ton of pressure on Orgeron as the season progresses.
Affirmation or anomaly? Was UCLA’s success against the Rainbow Warriors a sign of things to come, or was it down to facing an outclassed opponent? Coach Chip Kelly appears to have a much more dangerous running schedule, especially up front, which bodes well for the remainder of the season. This offense will face an LSU defense which, while talented, lit up last season. Are the Bruins real? We will find out.
Max Johnson vs. UCLA defense: Johnson was in an uphill quarterback battle with Myles Brennan for most of the offseason, but Brennan’s arm injury made a difference. While it’s true that Johnson could have won the job anyway, he will have his work cut out for him against a Bruins defense that had two picks last weekend. Johnson threw six touchdowns in the last two games last year, which kept the Tigers from ending with a loss record. He can move around a bit too, which should allow Peetz to incorporate many of the same elements LSU used with former QB and Heisman winner Joe Burrow.
Date: Saturday September 4 | Time: 8:30 p.m. ET Location: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA TV: Fox | Live Streaming: fuboTV (Try Free)
LSU is going to be a force, and it kicks off Saturday with a big win over the Bruins. Johnson and wide receiver Kayshon Boutte will have huge games and make a statement to the college football world that the Tigers are back. On the other hand, the talented defensive end LSU – led by Derek Stingley Jr. – will force multiple errors into what will be a double-digit victory. Prediction: LSU (-3.5)
What college football picks can you confidently make in Week 1, and which national title contender will be hit hard? Visit SportsLine to see which teams will win and cover the gap – all from a proven computer model that has grossed over $ 3,600 in profits over the past five seasons and more – and find out.
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