College Football Week 3: Idaho At #3 LSU

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  • Coaching
    Robb Akey is 19-43 over his five seasons at Idaho, and that record figures to get worse this season. It will take an impressive coaching job to produce a winning season.
    Les Miles does not lose to nonconference opponents in the regular season. A win over Idaho would be LSU’s 40th consecutive such victory, an FBS record.
  • Offense
    Dominque Blackman, a 6’5”, 255-lb. junior, was suspended for Idaho’s opener but started last week against Bowling Green and completed 30 of 37 passes for 352 yards. The Vandals haven’t gotten anything in the running game, however, and likely won’t against LSU.
    The Tigers once again showed off their stable of backs, as four players got at least eight carries. Alfred Blue led the way with 101 yards. Zach Mettenberger played efficient, mistake-free quarterback, which is all LSU needs against most teams.
  • Defense
    This unit has notched an interception in each game but that’s about the only positive from an otherwise unimpressive group.
    One of the best defenses in the country looked the part last Saturday, as the Tigers frustrated a talented Washington offense. They recorded four sacks and an interception and held the Huskies under 200 yards of total offense.
  • Special Teams
    Senior Bobby Cowan was an All-American punter last season and has looked good so far in 2012. He will likely be called on early and often on Saturday.
    Saturday will be a matchup of All-American punters, as Brad Wing returned last week and boomed three punts. He is a great weapon in the field position battle.
LSU should have no problem setting the record for consecutive regular season wins against nonconference opponents. Any margin within 40 points would be surprising.