LSU enters the game coming off a 41-14 win in their home opener against North Texas. The Huskies defeated San Diego State last week, 21-12. The Tigers are looking to extend several streaks in the game. LSU has won the last 38 consecutive non-conference regular season games. The Tigers are also 28-0 against non-conference foes during the regular season under head coach Les Miles. LSU also has the nation's longest current home winning streak at 18 games. Miles is 4-0 at LSU against Pac-12 teams, including a 31-23 win over Washington during the 2009 season.
LSU is 2-0 all-time against the Huskies. The Tigers first defeated Washington in 1983 at Tiger Stadium by a score of 40-14. LSU traveled to Seattle to play the Huskies in 2009 and kicked off the season with a win.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger finished 19-of-26 passing for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception against North Texas. Mettenberger's numbers could have been better if not for penalties and time spent on the sidelines with injuries. Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard did the major damage on the ground for the Tigers in Week 1 with a combined 264 yards rushing and two touchdowns. While the defense had six tackles for loss against North Texas last week, the Tigers had zero sacks. The defensive pressure on Washington quarterback Keith Price will need to be better than it was on North Texas.
Keith Price will lead the Huskies offense which should be fairly balanced between rushing and passing attempts. Price was 25-of-35 passing for 222 yards and a touchdown against the Aztecs in Week 1. Price has some rushing ability as was shown with his three rushing touchdowns against Baylor in last season's Alamo Bowl. Bishop Sankey is the top running back for Washington. Sankey rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries last week. Four different Washington players recorded a sack against San Diego State so the LSU offensive line will need to step up their performance this week in pass blocking.
LSU's ability to run the ball and play solid defense should be more than enough to deliver a comfortable win in this game. The contest also provides the only good opportunity for the Tigers to measure themselves against decent competition before the SEC slate starts.
As an LSU fan, I'm looking forward to seeing the Tigers try to extend some impressive streaks when they take on Washington.
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