Story by Yousaf Khan
***Game has been moved to New Orleans Superdome at 9:30 PM due to Hurricane Harvey.
The college football season is upon us and the LSU Tiger football team will play a neutral site game against a formidable foe in the BYU Cougars. The game will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas at 8:30 PM EST and be broadcast on ESPN. The game will probably resemble a home game for the Tigers as Baton Rouge is a 4 hour drive away and a lot closer than Provo, Utah.
For the Tigers expect a heavy dose of Jr RB Derrius Guice as he looks to build upon a strong sophomore year that included almost 1,400 yards rushing and 15 TDs. QB Danny Etling returns as well and will need to step up his game to give the Tigers a chance to compete for a playoff spot in the loaded SEC West.
On the defensive side Buck Arden Key is a premier pass rusher that should give the Cougars offensive line fits. Some young but talented players need to mature quickly in the secondary and linebacking core.
Leading the charge for the Cougars will be QB Tanner Mangum, who started 12 games 2 years ago and passed for 3,377 yards along with 23 TDs. Some new playmakers need to emerge as RB and WR due to BYU losing their all-time leading rusher and their top 3 leading receivers. The strength of the defense is the linebacking crew as all three starters return and will need to help the defensive line contain Guice from going wild.
This should be a good litmus test for LSU to get ready for the season. BYU will provide a quality opponent that LSU must not underestimate or could end up possibly losing. In the end, the Tigers should prevail on the back of Guice, who might go for 200 yards, but don’t expect a blowout as BYU will be amped to play this one as well.
LSU 30 BYU 20