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Northwestern State Demons vs. Louisiana State Tigers Preview and Predictions 09-14-2019


LSU survived and thrived in a thrilling road win over a fellow Top 10 opponent last week at Texas and avoiding a big letdown is next on the agenda. The fifth-ranked Tigers will try to keep up the intensity when they return home to host FCS foe Northwestern State on Saturday.

LSU installed a new offense during camp and showed it off last week while putting up 573 total yards in the 45-38 triumph over the Longhorns. Quarterback Joe Burrow is running the spread offense with a deft hand and thrust himself into the early Heisman Trophy conversation by completing 31-of-39 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns at Texas. "I always kind of knew it," Burrow told the school's athletic website of his place among the best in college football. "I think everybody's starting to see it a little bit. People that have been around me and myself kind of always felt that way." Burrow figures to see at least a few series of action against the Demons, who began the season by falling to Tennessee-Martin and Midwestern State by a combined score of 75-27.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network. LINE: LSU -51.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE (0-2): The Demons have not finished with a winning record since going 7-5 in 2008 and are struggling to turn the program around after a pair of lopsided losses to begin the 2019 campaign. "We're 0-2, so we're hearing a lot of outside noise," head coach Brad Laird told reporters. "We have to focus internally on us, becoming the football team we can be - that we have shown. It will take each and every one of us putting in hard work throughout the week to be ready for Saturday night. It's that way each week, but more so now. The focus has to be on us and the things we can do to get better." The bright spot early is the play of quarterback Shelton Eppler, who threw for 564 yards and three TDs in the first two games.

ABOUT LSU (2-0): Burrow is blessed with plenty of talent around him and 15 different receivers recorded at least one reception in the first two weeks. Justin Jefferson (14 catches, 250 yards, four TDs) leads the way while Ja'Marr Chase (10, 168, one) and Terrace Marshall Jr. (10, 154, four) round out the starting trio of receivers. "Every one of those guys could be a No. 1 receiver for any team in the country," center Lloyd Cushenberry told the school's athletic website. "They're the best group in the country."

EXTRA POINTS

1. LSU coach Ed Orgeron was a four-year starter at defensive line for Northwestern State, graduating in 1983.

2. LSU owns an 11-0 lead in the series, most recently posting a 49-3 victory in 2011.

3. The Tigers (799) need one win to become the 12th FBS program to reach 800.

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Tiger Stadium
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Capacity: 100,000

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Last Injuries

Louisiana State Tigers

  • Glen Logan

    Leg
    day-to-day | questionable

    Logan sat out the previous game due to a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Vanderbilt on Sept. 21.

  • K'Lavon Chaisson

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Chaisson has a lower-body injury and did not play in the previous game. It is unknown if he will take the field Sept. 21 against Vanderbilt.

  • Rashard Lawrence

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Lawrence was unavailable for the previous game due to an ankle injury, and it remains unclear if he will take the field Sept. 21 versus Vanderbilt.

  • Saahdiq Charles

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | questionable

    Charles missed the last game due to an undisclosed injury, leaving his status hazy for Sept. 21 versus Vanderbilt.

  • Dee Anderson

    Suspension
    out for season | out

    Anderson has been issued a suspension and will miss the entire 2019 season.

  • Joe Burrow

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Burrow is dealing with an unspecified injury, and his availability for Saturday's matchup against Northwestern State is unknown.

  • Rashard Lawrence

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Lawrence sat out the previous game while healing from knee surgery, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Texas.

  • Jacob Phillips

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Phillips was held out of the previous contest while dealing with an undefined injury, and it is undetermined if he will return against Texas on Saturday.

louisiana-state-tigers-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Joe Burrow 2 0 219.115 0 66 54 1 0 0 9 749
Myles Brennan 1 0 108.733 0 12 7 0 0 0 0 72
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2 0 132 0 24 2
Lanard Fournette 2 0 28 0 9 1
Chris Curry 1 0 23 0 2 0
John Emery Jr. 1 0 20 0 6 0
Tyrion Davis-Prince 2 0 11 0 6 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Justin Jefferson 2 0 250 0 14 0 4
Ja'Marr Chase 2 0 168 0 10 0 1
Terrace Marshall Jr. 2 0 154 0 10 0 4
Thaddeus Moss 2 0 76 0 3 0 0
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2 0 46 0 8 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
JaCoby Stevens 2 0 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Jacob Phillips 2 0 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Divinity Jr. 1 0 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 12 1
Grant Delpit 2 0 5 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
K'Lavon Chaisson 2 0 5 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Cade York 2 0 5 5 48 11 11
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Ja'Marr Chase 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Burrow 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Justin Jefferson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Lanard Fournette 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Derek Stingley Jr. 2 0 5 0 32 63