The West Virginia vs. LSU game brings the Big East leader down to the Louisiana’s Tiger Stadium to play one of the powerhouses from the SEC. It’s a battle that looks spectacular on paper, and has been a game that some college football analysts have predicted as an upset. If West Virginia were to beat LSU on the Tigers home turf, that would definitely be considered an upset, and that West Virginia defense makes it look at least possible. Will it happen though? We find out on the late game for ESPN2 Saturday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers are now 3-0, with wins over Coastal Carolina, Marshall, and Maryland to start the season. They just barely squeaked out that win against Marshall in overtime, and it might show some of the vulnerabilities of this West Virginia team. They have been pretty special on defense though, sporting a top 10 rank that has then giving up only 12.7 points per game. They will need that defense to come up big for two reasons on Saturday. West Virginia not only needs a win to close out their non-conference schedule, but to stay ranked in the top 25.
The LSU Tigers are also 3-0 in the 2010 college football season, but their games came against a much tougher set of opponents. They beat No. 18 ranked North Carolina in week 1 before shutting down Vanderbilt and Mississippi State in their last two games. LSU also sports a great defense; one that is ranked fifth in the country right now. Winning their first two SEC games already has been important to get this LSU team rolling, and now the Tigers are looking quite good. The lead the SEC West right now, and would love to add a non-conference win that has some value like this one would provide.
The West Virginia vs. LSU game is set to kickoff on Saturday, September 25 at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST). The game is going to be broadcast live on ESPN2, and will follow a day where several other SEC schools are playing each other. If there are upsets in those games, it could provide even more incentive for the Tigers to pull out a win against West Virginia and move up in the polls. There is a reason that West Virginia is ranked though, as they are not just going to roll over in this game. Expect a game here that is controlled by defense and is not settled until deep in the fourth quarter.