BATON ROUGE, La. — Somehow, coaches around the nation apparently weren’t that impressed with LSU in its season-opening victory over BYU.
Three days after LSU blanked BYU 27-0 in the Superdome, LSU remained at No. 12 in the USA Today Sports Amway Coaches Poll. Among SEC teams, only No. 1 Alabama ranks higher.
LSU’s performance in the season opener was nothing short of dominant. No team had a larger time of possession advantage than LSU in the opening weekend, and Penn State was the only other team that shut out an FBS opponent. LSU did all of this while starting five and playing 17 true freshmen, which is almost certainly a school record.
Star running back Derrius Guice worked back into the swing of things, rushing 27 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns. But senior quarterback Danny Etling might’ve had the more impressive day, completing 14 of his 17 passes. Of his three incompletions, two were balls thrown away out of the back of the end zone and the third was a dropped pass. More importantly, neither Etling nor any Tigers player turned the ball over against a team that ranked second in the nation in turnovers created in 2016.
While the offense jelled, the defense was downright filthy. BYU never crossed the 50-yard line, as defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s unit held BYU to negative rushing yards and fewer than 100 yards of total offense. This included two sacks from senior linebacker Corey Thompson and an interception from redshirt freshman cornerback Greedy Williams.
LSU will return to the field Saturday night to face off against FCS foe Chattanooga in Baton Rouge. The game will be played at 6:30 p.m. CT and be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network Alternate Channel. Stay posted to SEC Country throughout the week for news and updates about the LSU football team as it prepares for its game this weekend.
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