Chelsea Roemer, 23 Sports—

Friday, September 30

This weekend is a matchup between the Tigers as Louisiana State University takes on the University of Missouri in Death Valley.

Right now the Tigers from Baton Rouge have a 2-2 record and have just lost their head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The Tigers started their season off with a close loss against Wisconsin, but rebounded nicely by beating Jacksonville State and Mississippi State. Coming off a tough loss to Auburn, the LSU Tigers are looking to take down the Missouri Tigers to gain another victory. For LSU, the key to their game and new offense is making it simple and running the ball. The players on the team have the speed to run a quick offense past Missouri’s defense and score. Simplicity is key for the Tigers if they want to win on their home turf this weekend.

Missouri has improved immensely every week as the team is looking to beat LSU and come out on top of the Tiger showdown. Mizzou also maintains a 2-2 record, taking tough losses against Georgia and West Virginia, but beating both Eastern Michigan and Delaware State by a significant amount of points. This weekend Missouri is looking to continue their strong offense with Drew Lock leading the pack. This season, the Tigers have had a tremendous amount of success, averaging 569.5 yards per game, two times the amount of yards they averaged in the 2015 season. The points average is also up, reaching 44.5 per game, the third down conversions average has now reached 49.2 percent, and lastly, the red zone touchdown average went up to an 64 percent. Going into this game, Missouri has the key to win if they can handle a team with a solid defense that has been shaken with the presence of a new offense and a new coach.

In this Southeastern Conference matchup there are several players to look for. On the side for the Missouri Tigers, all eyes will be on quarterback Drew Lock and receiver J’Mon Moore. Lock has thrown 14 touchdowns this year and is averaging 9.3 yards per pass attempt. He is currently leading the SEC in passing yards with 1,508. Moore has become the receiver that is the go-to player for Lock to throw to. Moore is leading the SEC in receiving yards with 434 and receiving touchdowns with six. This duo is going to be the one to stop if the LSU Tigers want to make sure that Mizzou does not have a chance to score.

For the LSU Tigers, it is not only the debut for new interim coach Ed Orgeron, but it’s the debut of a new offense that Missouri must decipher. All eyes look to quarterback Danny Etling as he comes in with a 40 percent completion percentage and 433 passing yards. LSU running back Leonard Fournette is questionable for the game with an ankle injury, yet leads the team in rushing. On the receiving end it is Travin Dural leading the pack with 14 receptions and 142 yards.

Death Valley is going to be a place of new beginnings for Louisiana State, and a test for Missouri, in this particular SEC game.