BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The big three are in action this weekend, with LSU hosting Jacksonville State, Southern traveling to Tulane and the Saints welcoming the Raiders to the Superdome.
Here we go ...
Jacksonville State (1-0) at (22) LSU (0-1)
There is a very unhappy fan base in Baton Rouge. The expectations for this year's team were very high but by the end of the Wisconsin game, many felt it was only an extension of the 2015 season. The Tiger offense struggled on the ground and in the air. It looked like LSU might march down the field and win another ugly one, but this time it did not happen. The remedy is a game against Jacksonville State, right? Maybe, maybe not. The Gamecocks beat North Alabama 31-12, using a balanced attack, passing for 230 and rushing for 272. It won't be as easy as some might think, but the Tigers prevail in the home opener: LSU 31, JSU 17
Southern (0-1) at Tulane (0-1)
Both teams are looking for their first victory of the season. Southern played hard but fell to ULM 38-21, while the Green Wave fell to Wake Forest 7-3.
Jags running back Lenard Tillery ran for 161 yards and a touchdown in game one and he will be counted on to do the same against Tulane. Austin Howard needs a breakout game after be limited to 17-of-31 passing for 142 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the War Hawks. The Jags play tough, but come up short: Tulane 24, SU 17
Oakland Raiders (0-0) at New Orleans Saints (0-0)
Drew Brees attempts to show why he was awarded a contract extension and the Saints try to regain their home field advantage. The game will be close, but the fans will be the difference: Saints 30, Raiders 26
Arkansas (1-0) at (15) TCU (1-0)
Arkansas held on to beat LA Tech 21-20, while TCU beat South Dakota State 59-41 in the season openers. The Horned Frogs offensive is led by Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill who threw for 469 against SD State. TCU amassed 662 yards of offense, but gave up 461 yards to the Jackrabbits. Can the Razorbacks run the ball and the clock while limiting TCU's possessions? Well, not exactly: TCU 38, Arkansas 27
Virginia Tech (1-0) at (17) Tennessee (1-0)
Did The Vols just have a bad game in their season opener against Appalachian State or was their top 10 preseason ranking a fluke? Maybe a little of both, but they should have be good enough to win this week: Tennessee 29, VA Tech 20
South Carolina at Mississippi State
This has ugly written all over it. The Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt in a 13-10 thriller in Will Muschamp's debut and Mississippi State lost to South Alabama 21-20 after missing a last minute field goal. Home team prevails: Mississippi State 27, USC 14
Western Kentucky (1-0) at (1) Alabama (1-0)
Not much to say on this one. It will be tied at the beginning of the game ... and then ... Tide rolls: Alabama 45, WKU 20
ULL (0-1) vs McNeese State (1-0)
Anthony Jennings made his debut for the Ragin' Cajuns completing 21-of-33 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown. Not bad, but the problem was by halftime ULL faced a 35-3 deficit and it did not get much better in the second half. Boise State went on to win 45-10. McNeese State beat Tarleton State 33-3 in the season opener, scoring 20 in the second quarter and 13 in the third quarter. Jennings gets his first win: ULL 43, McNeese State 27
Kentucky (0-1) at Florida (1-0)
The Wildcats travel to Gainesville to face the Gators a week after blowing a 35-10 halftime lead to Southern Miss on their way to a 44-35 loss. Florida beat UMass 24-7, but was by no means a spectacular victory. Wildcats rebound in the UPSET OF THE WEEK: Kentucky 22, Florida 20
LAST WEEK: 5-4, OVERALL RECORD: 5-4