No. 12 LSU takes aim at its 48th straight home win against a non-conference opponent Saturday when the Tigers host Chattanooga. LSU has not allowed a touchdown in eight straight quarters and is coming off a dominant defensive performance in its 2017 debut.
In its season opener, LSU held BYU to minus-5 rushing yards and 97 total in a resounding 27-0 triumph. “They showed some of the best defense I’ve seen in college football,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.” Tigers tailback Derrius Guice ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns and Danny Etling was 14-of-17 for 171 yards in a game that was moved to New Orleans after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston. Chattanooga will try to become the first FCS squad to ever defeat LSU as the teams meet for the first time since 1954.
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: None
ABOUT CHATTANOOGA (0-1): The Mocs likely will have their hands full as the Tigers are 12-0 all-time against FCS squads with all of those wins coming by double digits. Chattanooga lost to Jacksonville State 27-13 in its last contest, which also served as the Chattanooga debut for quarterback Nick Tiano, a transfer from Mississippi State. Coach Tom Arth, who took over the Mocs program this season, said afterward: “The big thing for us going forward is going to be our ability to learn from this - to learn from our mistakes and to realize that we are right there. We had great opportunities, you just have to take advantage of them.”
ABOUT LSU (1-0): The Tigers did not allow BYU to cross midfield, becoming just the fifth FBS team in the last decade to do that against another FBS squad. The team’s rush defense was its staunchest since 1982, when it allowed minus-50 yards on the ground against Ole Miss. “Look what our defense did,” defensive end Rashard Lawrence told reporters. “We knew what the stats were on the sidelines for a large portion of the fourth quarter. We were checking the yards and just encouraging the guys in there once the starters came out to just keep holding them.”
1. Guice needs 55 rushing yards to reach 2,000 for his career.
2. LSU OG Garrett Brumfield was named the SEC’s Offensive Lineman of the Week after registering 12 knockdown blocks in Week 1.
3. The Tigers did not allow a sack in their season opener and had only three plays go for negative yardage.
PREDICTION: LSU 37, Chattanooga 7