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Garic: Three keys to an LSU victory at Texas

Kristian Garic
September 06, 2019 - 4:40 pm
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LSU’s season started with a bang last week with a 55-3 thumping of Georgia Southern.

But, as I see it, the season officially begins tomorrow when the Tigers travel to Austin to battle the Texas Longhorns. No. 9 Texas is coming off a convincing 45-14 win over Louisiana Tech.

The Longhorns Texas hasn’t hosted a top 10 team in 11 years, so expect Austin to be buzzing ahead of this matchup.

Oddsmakers have the Tigers as a 6.5-point favorite. Typically home field advantage is worth three points. So, in theory, LSU would be favored by nearly double digits on a neutral field.

The Tigers return 16 starting players, the Longhorns return just eight. But this game will boil down to Texas quarterback Sam Ellinger. If the Tigers keep him under wraps LSU will cruise to a win.   

Here are the keys to a Tiger victory:

QB Sam Ellinger is the offense — He can beat you with his legs and his arm. The longhorns are, kind of, one dimensional on offense. That bodes well for an aggressive attacking LSU defense. 

The Tigers have to manage the environment early —  It’s going to rocking in Royal-Memorial Stadium.  The crowd will be at full throat.  If the Tigers can get up on Texas early, that will take the air out of a hostile crowd.

Turn Joe Burrow loose — The Tigers looked incredible on offense last week. Quarterback Joe Burrow is in full control of the new-look LSU offense. I expect LSU to attack the Longhorns secondary in the vertical passing game. 

Kick off tomorrow is set for 6:30 p.m. on WWL, and don’t forget you can now stream LSU games on the Radio.com app and WWL.com.

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