Two teams with conference and national title aspirations are set to clash in massive, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, Aug. 31.
TCU coach Gary Patterson has already announced the suspension of one of his best players, defensive end Devonte Fields, and LSU coach Les Miles is debating whether to do the same with running back Jeremy Hill. Fields was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year after collecting 10.0 sacks and 18.5 tackles for a loss. It looked like his two-game suspension following a violation of team rules was going to hurt – and make no mistake, it will – but the potential loss of Hill may mitigate his absence. Hill led all LSU rushers with 755 yards and 12 scores a year ago, also his freshman season.
As for some older guys, LSU fans have been waiting all offseason to see how Miles will replace the legions of players who either graduated or departed early for the NFL Draft. There are plenty of personalities to watch once the whistle blows in the massive home of the Dallas Cowboys, however. All eyes will be on Jalen Mills in the defensive backfield to replace Eric Reid, as well as Bennie Logan and Anthony Johnson on the Tigers’ D-line to replace Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery.
LSU signal-caller Zach Mettenberger must prove his worth as a senior. His first year in Baton Rouge after transferring from junior college proved to be bit of a dud. Casey Pachall threw 10 touchdowns against only one pick while leading TCU to a 4-0 record to open the 2012 season. At that point, however, Pachall withdrew from school to enroll in alcohol and drug rehab. He is back, he is sober, but he may not have his starting spot. Elite athlete Trevone Boykin was thrown into the fire as a true freshman a year ago and with the 2013 season about to kick off, Patterson refuses to name a starter.
Sometimes, having two quarterbacks ready to play really means a team has none. At other points, changing things up can keep defenders on their toes and guessing throughout a game.
We have no idea whether TCU’s quarterbacking situation will explode in its face or instead blow the scoreboard up against LSU’s rebuilt (inexperienced?) defense.
Perhaps you do.
We have no idea who is going to leave this neutral site showcase game at 1-0, and who is going to be licking their wounds. Will the class of the SEC retain national dominance, or will one of the Big 12’s newest additions represent for its new conference?
Again, we have no idea, but perhaps you do. It’s time to settle it.