The No. 2 LSU Tigers host the Idaho Vandals on Sept. 15 at Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised at 8 p.m. Eastern time on TigerVision, LSU's pay-per-view network.
The Tigers defeated Idaho, 53-20, in 1998 in Baton Rouge in the only previous meeting between the teams. LSU boasts an all-time record of 23-1 against current members of the Western Athletic Conference. Under head coach Les Miles, the Tigers are also 46-4 against unranked teams. With a win, LSU would set an FBS record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins at 40.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has not been asked to win a game with his arm, but he has been very efficient, connecting on 70.5 percent of his 44 passes for 387 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. As a team, the Tigers have already had 98 rushing attempts for 558 yards and 7 touchdowns in two games. Alfred Blue is leading LSU in rushing with 224 yards and back-to-back 100-yard games. Kenny Hilliard and J.C. Copeland have been productive options near the goal line and the pair has six combined rushing touchdowns, five of which have come within five yards of the end zone. The defense has seen players rotated in and out during the first two games. As a result, no LSU player has more than two tackles for loss, one sack or one interception in 2012.
Quarterback Dominique Blackman made a solid debut for Idaho last week, throwing for 352 yards, one touchdown and one interception while hitting on 30 of his 37 attempts. Blackman could be called on often against LSU as Idaho does not have 100 total yards rushing as a team in two games. Safety Gary Walker leads the team with 17 tackles. Linebacker Conrad Scheidt has 16 tackles and leads the team with 2.5 tackles for loss.
There is really no plausible scenario that would allow the Vandals to beat the Tigers. Idaho ranks 70th in total defense, allowing 397.5 yards of offense per game and is second to last in scoring at eight points per game. In addition to extending the non-conference streak, I look forward to seeing LSU set a record for consecutive wins at Tiger Stadium at 20 games. Mettenberger and plenty of other starters will likely be out of the game after halftime, which will give Tiger fans an opportunity to see what the younger players can do.
As a longtime LSU fan, I don't think I could have imagined in 1998 that LSU would be setting an FBS record the next time they played Idaho in a game.
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Stats and game information from LSU Sports.net and Go Vandals.com