The LSU Tigers are one of the top teams in the nation and one of the many top-1o teams to fall to a lesser opponent in week eight. Falling in the rankings a bit and losing their second game of the season, the Tigers are still technically alive in the hunt for an SEC title, but it will likely take an unbeaten remainder of the season.
On the other the side of the field, the Furman Paladins are looking for a huge upset win on the road against one of the best teams in college football. The FCS squad is just 3-4 on the season and are not necessarily one of the tougher FCS opponents out there.
The Tigers have one of the best in the SEC scoring-wise, but they have struggled a bit in the run game, ranking 50th in the nation in yards per game on the ground. The Tigers average just 184 yards per game on the ground, but Jeremy Hill has had a solid season running the ball with 779 yards and 10 touchdowns. Zach Mettenberger leads the 35th-ranked passing offense with 2,164 yards and 16 touchdowns. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry combine for 95 catches for 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, accounting for one of the scariest wide out duos in the nation.
Furman isn’t exactly a powerhouse on offense. Having an offense that averages just over 150 yards passing per game, the Paladins likely aren’t going to break any positive records through the air. Quarterback Reese Hannon has started four games for this team and has passed for 573 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception. Hank McCloud leads the rushing attack with 604 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The run game is nearly the same as the pass game as it averages about 150 yards per contest as well.
Defensively, the Paladins allow about 356 yards per game which would be good for 23rd in the nation if they were in the FBS and allow just over 24 points per game which would be good for 42nd in the FBS. The Tigers rank 38th in the nation in points allowed per game while 36th in the nation in yards allowed per game.
Furman will travel to LSU to take on the Tigers at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 3.
PREDICTION: Furman 6, LSU 41