Have you caught your breath yet? The first Saturday of the college football season was a doozy. It’s great to have the sport back, but fear not: We’re not done just yet.
The LSU Tigers are about to hit the field for the first time. For the first time in a couple years, they’ll be doing so in North Texas. The Tigers will be playing the Miami (FL) Hurricanes out at ‘JerryWorld’ in Arlington, Texas. The last time that LSU began a season in North Texas, well, it was a pretty successful one. That was 2011, and on that first Saturday night, they beat the snot out of the Oregon Ducks.
The Hurricanes are coming off an extremely successful 2018 season. They were a young team but played ahead of schedule, with an appearance in the Orange Bowl to cap off the season. They lost to the Wisconsin Badgers, but the fact that they were in that spot made it all successful. Now, with a top-flight recruiting class in and everyone another year older and wiser, Miami may be a force to be reckoned with in the ACC.
So to say that this is a strong test for LSU is probably putting it mildly. That being said, they are more than equipped to handle that. They lost a lot of their key pieces in the offseason, but their defense remains fierce. The star, of course, is Greedy Williams, their stealthy sophomore cornerback who played extremely well as a freshman. Defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence is still around, as is linebacker Devin White, both of whom figure to be anchors on the defense this season.
Offensively, everyone will be watching Joe Burrow, the Ohio State Buckeyes transfer who landed the starting QB job. Burrow won’t have the likes of Derrius Guice or Darrel Williams, but senior Nick Brossette figures to get some action, as does Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He’ll have an array of talent to throw to, with the receiving corp led by former Texas Tech Red Raiders standout Jonathan Giles. Derrick Dillon, Jaray Jenkins and Justin Jefferson, among others, should be ones to watch.
All told, this should be a fun matchup and a great way to finish out the weekend.
HOW TO WATCH LSU VS. MIAMI
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT
TV: ABC (Check local listings)
Commentators: Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe
Radio: LSU Tigers Radio Affiliates
Streaming: This game is available on the WatchESPN app.