Miami vs. LSU Preview & Prediction
Miami and LSU clash in Jerry's World on this Sunday showdown. Mark Taylor breaks down the game and provides you with a prediction.
Miami Hurricanes (-3.5) vs. LSU Tigers : Total: 46.5
Sunday, 9/2 at 7:30 PM EST
Cowboys Stadium - Arlington, TX
With no NFL on the docket on this Labor Day Sunday, we get the benefit of watching two great defensive squads battle it out in the house that Jerry built. What should you expect and where should you be putting your money? Read on...
About Miami: After a 9-0 start in Mark Richt’s second season in Miami, the Hurricanes hit a wall and lost their last three, including a drubbing in the ACC Championship game against Clemson. Quarterback Malik Rosier was downright bad down the stretch and this offensive line is a worry point. You can expect both to be better coming into their first huge battle of the 2018 season. And they are going to have to be because this LSU defense is once again no joke. The Canes have great weapons in the wide receivers corps with Ahmmon Richards, Jeff Cager and Jeff Thomas leading the way. If Rosier can get time and allow the routes to progress, he should be improved. Travis Homer is the lead back and while he is talented, he’ll also need help from the beef up front to open up some holes and allow him into the secondary, where he can do his damage. This Miami squad has a defense of their own and will try to make life very uncomfortable for Ohio State transfer and starting quarterback Joe Burrow in his first start for the Tigers.
About LSU: The Tigers have a new offensive coordinator (yeah, that whole Matt Canada thing didn’t work out) and Steve Ensminger, a long-time assistant coach in Baton Rouge gets his chance to take the reigns of what has been a run-heavy offense historically. And for good reason. With backs like Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice the past few years, it makes a lot of sense. However, Ensminger looks to open things up a bit and he has the tools with which to do so. Burrow gets Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles and true freshman Terrace Wallace at his disposal. He hasn’t had a long time to get acclimated, but he is talented and should handle the situation. Expect some nerves out of the gate before settling down. He’ll have to be good because Miami has a defense that is opportunistic and last year jumped on plenty of mistakes en route to a +13 turnover margin.
The Difference: LSU’s defensive line is just full of athletic monsters. This Canes offensive line returns three starters from a underwhelming unit. Expect the pressure to get to Rosier and this Canes offense early and often.
The Prediction: These offenses will be running around and appear lost at times. Joe Burrow and the Tigers will hit on a couple of home runs in the second half and hold off a charging Hurricanes team late.
LSU 21- MIami 17
LSU +3.5 (4-star)
UNDER 46.5 (2-star)