LSU Football 2011: Tigers Should Have No Trouble Against Tennessee

With Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray’s thumb broken, this will be the second week in a row that LSU has faced a team without its starting quarterback. Add to that the fact that running back Tauren Poole has also been hampered by injury and may not play and you have all the makings for a blowout.

The Tigers’ defense has been nothing short of phenomenal this year. Led by cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, this group forces more turnovers than almost any team in the country and allows just 254 yards per game.

The Volunteer’s offense was high flying with Bray under center but now Matt Simms makes his return have an abysmal year starting last year. He only threw for over 200 yards in two games before getting replaced by Bray in the eighth game of the season. Tennessee was 2-6 at that point.

Additionally, their defense has been good but not great. They were able to hold Georgia to just 20 points last week but gave up 33 to Florida on the road.

The biggest weakness for that unit has been the defensive line. They have not been able to get much pressure on opposing quarterbacks and have not been particularly good at stopping the run.

This continues to play right into LSU’s hand as their offense comes from their run game.

All of this should make for quite the beat down in Knoxville next week. 

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