BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU is heading to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.
LSU and Syracuse set for an early kickoff Saturday. That means an early opportunity for Leonard Fournette to grab fans' attention nationally and take another step towards that Heisman Trophy.
Syracuse though ranks third nationally in stopping the run and is allowing just 1.5 yards per carry. However they've played Rhode Island, Wake Forest and Central Michigan. So are those statistics a product of a comparatively weak schedule?
"The speed of the players is good," says LSU Head Coach Les Miles. "They're willing to put players in the box in a variety of ways. They're pretty talented guys. Very capable."
Yet, Syracuse allowed over 400 yards passing last week to Central Michigan. So is this the week that Brandon Harris, finally makes some big plays in the passing game? Les Miles felt Harris missed one, possibly two TDs last week, on some inaccurate throws.
"In my opinion, it's an opportunity to throw for balance that we're looking for," said Coach Miles. "I wouldn't be surprised if we threw it more than we rushed it this game. But again, that kind of depends on what they do."
The LSU defense, likewise, plans on coming after quarterback Zack Mahoney. Mahoney is a walk-on at Syracuse. The Tigers have 8 quarterback sacks in two games after getting only 19 all of last year.
LSU and Syracuse will play on ESPN Saturday with an 11:00 a.m. kickoff.