Friday, September 20, 2013

Dr. Z's LSU Preview-Anger Management

Beats all you ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day he was born.

So Auburn travels to Baton Rouge this weekend to take on longtime nemesis LSU and their felonious running back Jeremy Hill. Hill was given a slap on the wrist for sucker punching a guy outside a bar last summer. Here's a shocker: that slap on the wrist came from a judge who is an LSU alum.

There is even a video of it. If you don't want to watch it, I will give you a quick summation: Hill sneaks up behind a dude much bigger and sucker punches him in the head then high fives all his buds. The guy filming the whole thing clearly calls him Jeremy Hill.

Of course an LSU fan might argue he was just showing the guy what might get you thrown out under the new targeting rule.

All of this might be chalked up under boys being boys, except Hill has been in trouble with law before. He and a buddy allegedly forced a 14 year old girl into performing oral sex in a locker room when he was a senior in high school.

To make a long story short, Hill is a scumbag who is really good at running the football, so LSU and Les Miles kept him around. You might remember a guy named Michael Dyer, another troubled running back, who was kicked off of the Auburn football team for far less egregious offenses. He was also dismissed by Gus at Arkansas State, and after taking time to get his life back together, he now plays for a very good Louisville team.

The bottom line is there are no consequences for Jeremy Hill at LSU. He now understands that he is a star and can do whatever he wants. This guy gives me very good reason to despise LSU and pull against him and the Purple Tigers in every contest this season. On to the game...

For Auburn to have a shot in this game, and I do think they have a puncher's chance, they have to get out early with a quick score. Auburn must also establish a defensive pulse early. They simply cannot wait till halftime make adjustments adjust. Auburn has to be ready to come out and take the fight to LSU.

I've heard all week that this will be a game won or lost in the trenches. I agree with that 100%, but I also feel like the team that gets the best pass rush with the front 4 will have the best chance. Montravious Adams will be interesting to watch in this one. No one has handled him yet and I for one would like to see the kid in the game more. Watching these upperclassmen wallow around on the defensive line grates on me. I say give the young kids a shot if things aren't going well. We cannot do any worse.

The key actors in this one will be the quarterbacks. Is Mettenberger really as good as he has looked all year? Will Nick Marshall parlay his brilliant drive to beat Mississippi State into a virtuoso performance Saturday? Again, pressure will be the key. If Auburn can get pressure on Mettenberger with the front four, they have a chance.

I don't want to dismiss the importance of the running game either, because if Auburn doesn't run the ball a little better, they will be in trouble. If Auburn doesn't stop the run, well, same thing.

Finally, intangibles will play a large role. Will LSU be looking ahead to a huge game with Georgia? How will Auburn's young team handle it's first road game?

I am dreaming of 4-0, but I just don't think we get it this week....

Auburn 21
Morally Bankrupt Corndogs 27

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