Saturday, September 3 - 8:00 p.m.
at Arlington, Texas
Oregon favored by 3.5
This was supposed to be a doozy of a match-up, and still will be, however, with the suspension of LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, some of the luster is not there...senior Jarrett Lee will take over at QB...wide receiver Russell Sheppard is also out with a suspension...for a team that is expected to contend for the national title, its older players sure don't show any dedication and commitment...
Things aren't all glittery in Eugene, Oregon either...the Oregon football program is under investigation concerning possible illegal recruiting...anyway you look at it, this is match-up of two troubled programs...no matter, it will be exciting to see the Ducks' running back, LaMichael James (photo) in action...James is one of the leading contenders for the Heisman...
Other players of note:
Oregon - Cliff Harris, cb/kr; David Paulson, te; Josh Boyd, s
LSU - Morris Claiborne, cb; Rueben Randle, wr; Alex Hurst, ot
Head Coach - Chip Kelly, 3rd year (22-4 career mark)
Aaron Fentress of the Daily Oregonian writes how Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas feels the LSU game is bigger than last year's national title game... "The fuzzy math in that equation begged for a follow-up question as to why he felt that way. Thomas explained: “Because it’s our next upcoming game. It’s like the championship. If we lose this game, it’s a done season.” ...
Head Coach - Les Miles, 7th year (90-38 career mark)
Gary Laney of the Baton Rouge Advocate writes how Les Miles and the Tigers are anxious to play football after all the off-the-field issues.... "Miles, addressing the media in the season’s first game-week press luncheon, said he felt “pent up,” and hopes his players feel the same . . ." ...