Jacksonville State vs LSU Week 2 Prediction & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 8, 2016 in

Do you remember last year, when LSU ran roughshod over their first seven opponents, went into the bye, and then got routed by Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss in rapid succession? Opposing defensive coordinators figured out that Tiger quarterback Brandon Harris couldn’t complete passes in big situations, so they just loaded the box and kept talented tailback Leonard Fournette bottled up. LSU coach Les Miles promised to fix this, but in Week 1, the Wisconsin Badgers keyed the run, and LSU fell in a 16-14 upset. Now comes Jacksonville State, an FCS cupcake on paper but also the talented team that took Auburn to overtime last year. Check out all of our Week 2 betting lines.

Jacksonville State vs LSU Week 2 Prediction, Pick & TV Info

When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 PM ET
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge
TV: ESPNU
Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Jacksonville State / LSU
Opening NCAA Football Lines: LSU -30.5 (55.5)

Why should you bet on the Gamecocks?

Jacksonville State made the ESPN highlight reels by pushing Auburn to the brink last year, and LSU is struggling just as badly on offense. Quarterback Eli Jenkins can dominate a game with his arm and with his feet, and Roc Thomas picked up three rushing touchdowns in his debut with Jacksonville State, having just transferred in from Auburn. This is a starting backfield that could top the depth chart in many FBS programs, and they will give LSU fits. When Harris does drop back to pass for the Tigers, defensive end Darius Jackson will break through the O-line and chase Harris around.

Why should you put your money on LSU?

According to all the pre-season hype, this team has more talent than any that Les Miles has had at his disposal. He has to find a way to fix the passing game, though, because when the chips were down at Wisconsin, Harris threw an awful interception, and Fournette could not find his way to the end zone. Tre’Davious White, at corner, leads an explosive defense that has the most speed in the SEC. The offense struggles, though, and they need to find a way to break through on the pass so that Fournette can find some space to carry the ball.

My Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think LSU grinds this victory out, but that line is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t think LSU will even score 29 points, let alone win by that many. I’m predicting a 24-13 Tiger win.