First Down Defense – Offense is not LSU’s strong point. Of course they will always be dangerous because they recruit freak athletes with the ability to make a monster play at any moment. However, the LSU bread and butter is to use a hardnosed run game to set up 2nd down and short and 3rd down and short, then use special teams and defense to make a big play. It’s an ‘Old School’ field position and turnover attack.
The Mountaineers need to be stout and hold the Tiger rushing on first downs and wrangle the Tigers out of their comfort zone. Forcing Jarrett Lee to throw the football is like taking Lindsey Lohan to a club; sooner or later big mistakes are going to transpire.
Hold that Rock – The Bayou Bengals thrive on forcing mistakes and creating turnovers and they have an eerily strange knack for creating them. West Virginia most likely won’t need a ton of points to win this game and likely will have trouble earning them anyway. It’s possible to be aggressive on offense and still be smart with the football and that’s what the Mountaineers have to do.
Keep the Intensifier Amped – LSU is a veteran football team with a deep, talented roster. The Tigers are no strangers to thunderous, hostile atmospheres. I have no doubt West Virginia will come out the locker room fired up. The key is to maintain intensity for all 60 minutes of regulation. This is a task for fans as much as players. We know what we gotta do, let’s get it loud and rowdy!