The LSU Tigers are coming off an impressive week one victory against the TCU Horned Frogs in Arlington, Texas. Les Miles‘ squad impressed both offensively and defensively against TCU — offense was a bit of a question mark coming in. Winning 37-27 in the first game of the season against a fellow top-25 squad should be a good sign for the Tigers.
On the other side of the field, the UAB Blazers put up a bunch of yards and also game up a bunch of yards in week one, leading to a loss to Troy, 34-31. UAB was up 14 points in the fourth quarter before crumbling and losing in overtime much to the dismay of head coach Garrick McGee.
LSU’s offense was much-improved in week one from a season ago. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed just 16 of 32 passes for 251 yards and a score, but the run game, led by Terrence Magee and Alfred Blue was solid. Wide out Odell Beckham was solid in the win as well, catching five passes for 118 yards while Jarvis Landry caught eight passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.
UAB’s quarterback, Austin Brown, had a solid week one performance, completing 19 of 29 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. They also had a 100-yard rusher in Darrin Reaves while also having a receiver catch 10 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in Jamarcus Nelson.
The LSU defense is one of the best in the nation and it held the Horned Frogs to just 269 yards of total offense in week one while creating two turnovers. UAB allowed nearly 500 yards, on the other hand. They did force two turnovers in the loss to Troy, but lost the time of possession battle.
UAB will be traveling to LSU to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
PREDICTION: UAB 7, LSU 37
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