TALE OF THE TAPE

College Football Week 2: Washington At #3 LSU

Washington
#3 LSU
(credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
(credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Coaching
Steve Sarkisian inherited a Washington program that had gone winless the season before. He went 7-6 with a bowl victory his second year, but the program didn’t take the expected next step last season.
Winner Given the opponent (North Texas), we can’t take much from LSU’s opener. But we do know LSU has only lost one game outside of the SEC since Les Miles arrived in Baton Rouge 2005. He will have his team ready.
Offense
Winner Returning starting quarterback Keith Price is a dark horse Heisman candidate. The Huskies replaced their star running back and didn’t get much production out of the position in Week 1.
First year starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger wasn’t spectacular in his debut, but he won’t have to be for LSU to be successful on offense. Tailbacks Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue ran for a combined 264 yards. The Tigers’ leading rusher last season, Spencer Ware, didn’t even play as he nursed a leg injury.
Defense
Washington’s performance in its bowl game last season got its defensive coordinator fired. We’re only one game into the new regime, but the Huskies looked competent against San Diego State.
Winner The Tiger defense figures to be one of the best in the country. Eric Reid, as expected, is just as capable as Tyrann Mathieu, recording an interception in the opener.
Special Teams
The Huskies have a new kicker and punter this season. Both starters saw their first college action last week.
Winner Odell Beckham, Jr. picked up the slack for the Honey Badger in the punt return department, taking one 70 yards for a score. All-American punter Brad Wing sat out with a hamstring injury; his status for Saturday is unknown.

The Winner Is

Winner #3 LSU
3 out of 4

LSU has not lost a regular season nonconference game since 2002. Washington is dangerous, but not dangerous enough to pull off the upset in Baton Rouge at night.

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. Nigel Williams-Goss #5 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after a play in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Kennedy Meeks #3 and Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels react in the second half against the Oregon Ducks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.
    NCAA Championship Tale: 1 Gonzaga Vs. 1 North Carolina

    Gonzaga and North Carolina are set to square off in the NCAA Championship. Let’s break down the matchup.

  2. Joel Berry II #2 of the North Carolina Tar Heels handles the ball in the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Tyler Dorsey #5 of the Oregon Ducks reacts in the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 25, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.
    Final Four Tale: 1 North Carolina Vs. 3 Oregon

    North Carolina and Oregon are set to square off in the Final Four. Let’s break down the matchup.

  3. osh Perkins #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrateswith teammates in the second half against the Xavier Musketeers during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 25, 2017 in San Jose, California. Chris Silva #30 of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts after a play against the Florida Gators in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2017 in New York City.
    Final Four Tale: 1 Gonzaga Vs. 7 South Carolina

    Gonzaga and South Carolina are set to square off in the Final Four. Let’s break down the matchup.

See All Tales of the Tape

More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Play.It
Follow Us On Twitter

Listen Live