Miami Hurricanes vs LSU Tigers Preview

Miami Hurricanes vs LSU Tigers Preview

It’s a battle of heavyweight names in what should amount to a College Football Playoff elimination game for one team, and a possible launching pad for the other.

LSU is a power program coming off a solid nine-win season, but it’s not enough considering national championships are supposed to be a part of the equation each and every season – no matter what.

The talent level has been great, and winning nine games last season is nice, but with road games at Auburn, Florida and Texas A&M to deal with, and home games against Georgia, Mississippi State and Alabama, a loss to Miami to kick things off would be devastating.

And it would put head man Ed Orgeron on the top of every coaching hot seat article until he comes up with a huge win somewhere.

The Canes have a much, much easier slate to deal with, but they still have to face Florida State at home, and they have back-to-back dates with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.

Mark Richt isn’t on any hot seat whatsoever, but with the way last season ended with three straight losses, starting out with a loss in a big game would be a major setback after all the positives of last season.

These two last met in the 2005 Peach Bowl – a 40-3 LSU win. Before that, the Canes pounded the Tigers 44-3 in 1988. Before that? 20-0 LSU in 1969 and 30-0 LSU in 1968.

This one will be closer.

The Canes will have to work the run game, but their offense leaned heavily on explosive plays a year ago, with Rosier throwing deep when teams started loading the box. However, they can still generate some opportunities there or perhaps enough from their run game, if they can confuse the Tigers with zone-option schemes.

This game likely comes down to which offense manages to protect the ball and make the most of opportunities created by their own defense. Given the Canes’ experience in the secondary and at QB, juxtaposed with Burrow’s lack of experience in the LSU program, the pick here is a Hurricane victory.